First and foremost Neil Patrick Harris was great as the Oscar host this year. He was charming, funny and most importantly relevant.
Moving on to the awards themselves there wasn't a real big upset. Unless you considered the category of Best Actor to be completely wide open.
As everyone had Keaton or even Cumberbatch pegged for the big prize. But surprisingly Eddie Redmayne got it for "The Theory of Everything". A great achievement for the young actor who will need this fame after the misery he must feel after working on "Jupiter Ascending". Good thinking on the Academy's part, but also all kidding aside not a bad choice either way. Shame though they didn't nominate Chadwick Boseman for his portrayal as James Brown in "Get on Up". Which in my view was the category's biggest absence.
Here all the winners and nominations:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
American Sniper: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar,Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan
Birdman: Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole - WINNER
Boyhood: Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
The Imitation Game: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales, Jeremy Dawson
Selma: Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
The Theory of Everything: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce,Anthony McCarten
Whiplash: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster
Best Achievement in Directing
Boyhood: Richard Linklater
Birdman: Alejandro González Iñárritu - WINNER
Foxcatcher: Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game: Morten Tyldum
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Foxcatcher: Steve Carell
The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch
American Sniper: Bradley Cooper
Birdman: Michael Keaton
The Theory of Everything: Eddie Redmayne - WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Two Days, One Night: Marion Cotillard
The Theory of Everything: Felicity Jones
Gone Girl: Rosamund Pike
Still Alice: Julianne Moore - WINNER
Wild: Reese Witherspoon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
The Judge: Robert Duvall
Boyhood: Ethan Hawke
Birdman: Edward Norton
Foxcatcher: Mark Ruffalo
Whiplash: J.K. Simmons - WINNER
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Boyhood: Patricia Arquette - WINNER
Wild: Laura Dern
The Imitation Game: Keira Knightley
Birdman: Emma Stone
Into the Woods: Meryl Streep
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Boyhood: Richard Linklater
Birdman: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo - WINNER
Foxcatcher: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler: Dan Gilroy
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper: Jason Hall
Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson
The Imitation Game: Graham Moore - WINNER
The Theory of Everything: Anthony McCarten
Whiplash: Damien Chazelle
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Birdman: Emmanuel Lubezki - WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Robert D. Yeoman
Mr. Turner: Dick Pope
Unbroken: Roger Deakins
Ida: Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Milena Canonero - WINNER
Inherent Vice: Mark Bridges
Into the Woods: Colleen Atwood
Maleficent: Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner: Jacqueline Durran
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
American Sniper: John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin - WINNER
Birdman: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga
Interstellar: Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
Unbroken: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee
Whiplash: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Boyhood: Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Barney Pilling
Whiplash: Tom Cross - WINNER
American Sniper: Joel Cox, Gary Roach
The Imitation Game: William Goldenberg
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
American Sniper: Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman - WINNER
Birdman: Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Brent Burge, Jason Canovas
Interstellar: Richard King
Unbroken: Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy: Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
Interstellar: Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R. Fisher - WINNER
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Foxcatcher: Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier - WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Selma: Common (as Lonnie Lynn), John Legend (as John Stephens) - Song: "Glory" - WINNER
Begin Again: Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois - Song: "Lost Stars"
The Lego Movie: Shawn Patterson - Song: "Everything is Awesome"
Beyond the Lights: Diane Warren - Song: "Grateful"
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me: Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond - Song: "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
The Imitation Game: Alexandre Desplat
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Alexandre Desplat - WINNER
Interstellar: Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Mr. Turner: Gary Yershon
Best Short Film, Animated
The Bigger Picture: Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees
The Dam Keeper: Robert Kondo, Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi
Feast: Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed - WINNER
Me and My Moulton: Torill Kove
A Single Life: Joris Oprins
Best Short Film, Live Action
Aya: Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham: Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp: Wei Hu, Julien Féret
Parvaneh: Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call: Mat Kirkby, James Lucas - WINNER
Best Documentary, Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1: Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry - WINNER
Joanna: Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse: Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper: Gabriel Serra
White Earth: Christian Jensen
Best Documentary, Feature
Citizenfour: Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky - WINNER
Finding Vivian Maier: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam: Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
Virunga: Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Tangerines: Zaza Urushadze -Estonia
Ida: Pawel Pawlikowski -Poland - WINNER
Leviathan: Andrey Zvyagintsev - Russia
Wild Tales: Damián Szifrón - Argentina
Timbuktu: Abderrahmane Sissako - Mauritania
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Big Hero 6: Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli - WINNER
The Boxtrolls: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, Travis Knight
How to Train Your Dragon 2: Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold
Song of the Sea: Tomm Moore, Paul Young
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya: Isao Takahata, Yoshiaki Nishimura
Best Achievement in Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock - WINNER
The Imitation Game: Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar: Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Into the Woods: Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner: Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts
Award of Commendation
Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, Michael Fecik
For their pioneering work in developing dye-based filters that reduce IR contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras.
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Academy Award of Merit
For the invention of digital micromirror technology as used in DLP Cinema projection.
Scientific and Engineering Award
Lain Neil, Andre de Winter - To Lain Neil for the optical design, and to Andre de Winter for the mechanical design, of the Leica Summilux-C series of lenses.
Brad Walker, D. Scott Dewald, Bill Werner, Greg Pettitt, Frank Poradish - For their contributions furthering the design and refinement of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema projection technology, whose high level of performance enabled color-accurate digital intermediate preview and motion picture theatrical presentation.
Ichiro Tsutsui, Masahiro Take, Mitsuyasu Tamura, Mitsuru Asano - For the development of the Sony BVM-E Series Professional OLED Master Monitor.
John Frederick, Bob Myers, Karl Rasche, Tom Lianza - For the development of the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display.
Technical Achievement Award
Peter Braun - For the concept and development of the MAT-Towercam Twin Peek, a portable, remote-controlled, telescoping column that smoothly positions a camera up to 24 feet vertically.
Robert Nagle, Allan Padelford - For The Biscuit Jr. self-propelled, high-performance, drivable camera and vehicle platform.
Cary Phillips, Nicolas Popravka, Philip Peterson, Colette Mullenhoff - For the architecture, development and creation of the artist-driven interface of the ILM Shape Sculpting System.
Dan Piponi, Kim Libreri, George Borshukov - For their pioneering work in the development of Universal Capture at ESC Entertainment.
Marco Revelant, Alasdair Coull, Shane Cooper - To Marco Revelant for the original concepts and artistic vision, and to Alasdair Coull and Shane Cooper for the original architectural and engineering design, of the Barbershop hair grooming system at Weta Digital.
Scott B. Peterson, Jeff Budsberg, Jonathan Gibbs - For the design and implementation of the DreamWorks Animation Foliage System.
Brice Criswell, Ronald Fedkiw - For the development of the ILM PhysBAM Destruction System.
Magnus Wrenninge - For leading the design and development of Field3D.
Robert Bridson - For early conceptualization of sparse-tiled voxel data structures and their application to modeling and simulation.
Ken Museth, Peter Cucka, Mihai Alden - For the creation of OpenVDB.
Harold Milligan, Steven Krycho, Reiner Doetzkies - For the implementation engineering in the development of the Texas Instruments DLP Cinema digital projection technology.
Tim Cotter, Roger van der Laan, Ken Pearce, Greg LaSalle - For the innovative design and development of the MOVA Facial Performance Capture system.
Michael Sechrest, Chris King, Greg Croft - To Michael Sechrest for the modeling design and implementation, Chris King for the real-time interactive engineering, and Greg Croft for the user interface design and implementation of SpeedTree Cinema.
Erwin Coumans, Nafees Bin Zafar, Stephen Marshall - To Erwin Coumans for the development of the Bullet physics library, and to Nafees Bin Zafar and Stephen Marshall for the separate development of two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet.
Ben Cole, Eric Parker, James O'Brien - To Ben Cole for the design of the Kali Destruction System, to Eric Parker for the development of the Digital Molecular Matter toolkit, and to James O'Brien for his influential research on the finite element methods that served as a foundation for these tools.
Gordon E. Sawyer Award
David W. Gray