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I made a previous thread saying that Whiplash should win and would be my vote to win Best Picture. But the way it all played out last night, I think was possibly the correct way to do it (for a change). Almost everyone I believe got awarded in their best repective categories.
Considering what I liked most about Whiplash was JK Simmons (he won best supporting actor) and the brilliant film editing (also won in that category), the two best things about that movie were awarded. So in heinsight that's pretty good on the Academy. Looking back, it will be cool to have a film like Birdman be remembered as the Best Picture of the Year. I think it is deserving. Certainly unique, and probably a film that is better the 2nd or 3rd time around too.
The Grand Budapest Hotel got the awards that you would have guessed, just from seeing the trailer. Music score (nice and quarky, did sort of make the movie) and costume, makeup, and production design, totaling 4 awards in all.
I think the biggest surprise of the night for me was two fold: Michael Keaton not winning Best Actor. I really thought he was a lock. But Eddie Redmayne who played Stephen Hawking is deserving enough; he did do a pretty remarkable job with that role. And the other shocker for me was for Best Director. I really thought that Linklater would win in this category. I didn't think he would win Best Picture, especially after Birdman beat it straight up earlier in the night for Best Original Screenplay. (the two are usually linked). But I thought the Academy would split the honor between Best Picture and Best Director, and let Linklater have some of the action, for his 12 year film in the making. I was disappointed that they did not.
Otherwise though, aside from the Director award (which I still think went to the 2nd best achievement in that category) everything turned out pretty even and spread around appropriately. Even Imitation Game won Best Adapted Screenplay, which I was happy to see. Selma also won best song, another good thing.