Oscars 2015: Shades of Grey
05 March 2015
While the whole world is buzzing about Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan’s 50 Shades of Grey, this year’s Academy Awards were all about a different kind of ‘grey’. Older actors stole the show from their younger competitors, and both Oscar nominees and winners proved that age is but a number when it comes to showbiz!
On the red carpet, Hollywood heavyweights such as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow rubbed shoulders with up-and-coming stars like Rita Ora, Chloe Grace Moretz and Margot Robbie. There were plenty of parents in attendance - Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette brought her big sister Rosanna and daughter Harlow along as her dates, Melanie Griffith skipped all raunchy questions with her 25-year-old daughter Dakota Johnson, and Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer made for one stylish mother-daughter duo.
But, without further ado, here are the winners of the 87th Academy Awards. And the Oscar goes to…
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman was the big winner, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The 51-year-old Mexican director is also known for his movies Babel, 21 Grams and Spanish-language film Biutiful.
The Grand Budapest Hotel cleaned up the technical categories, winning Oscars for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
Eddie Redmayne was crowned Best Actor for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The British actor beat the likes of Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Michael Keaton (Birdman).
Best Actress went to four-time nominee Julianne Moore for her role as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in the poignant film Still Alice. At 54, Moore proves she’s only getting better with age, scooping up all major awards this year including a Golden Globe and BAFTA. Moore used her winning status to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease: “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalised,” she said, adding that movies make people feel seen and not alone. “And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.”
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress went to two established stars as well – 60-year-old J.K. Simmons for his role as a strict music teacher in Whiplash and 46-year-old Patricia Arquette for her turn in the beautiful coming-of-age drama, Boyhood.
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