By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Oscar WInners 2015

Best Picture
“Birdman”

Directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Actor in a Supporting Role:
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Original Screenplay
“Birdman”

Adapted Screenplay
“The Imitation Game”

Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour”

Foreign Language Film:
“Ida,” Poland

Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″

Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Cinematography
“Birdman”

Film Editing
“Whiplash”

Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Original Song
“Glory,” “Selma”

Costume Design:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Makeup and Hairstyling:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Sound Mixing
“Whiplash”

Sound Editing
“American Sniper”

Visual Effects
“Interstellar”

Animated Short Film
“Feast”

Live Action Short Film
“The Phone Call”

Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″

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