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This year’s Oscars ceremony has scored the event’s lowest ratings in six years, averaging 36.6 million viewers.

The figures were down by 16% on last year’s ratings, according to Nielsen figures published by Variety.

First-time host Neil Patrick Harris received lukewarm reviews, while some have blamed the drop on a lack of nominations for films with mass appeal.

Last year 43.7 million tuned in when Ellen DeGeneres was at the helm.

Ellen DeGeneres had powered the show to a 10-year ratings high and proved a tough act to follow.

Critics were unimpressed by Neil Patrick Harris’s performance during the three-and-a-half hour awards show, which saw him stripping to his pants for a Birdman and Whiplash inspired sketch – something the LA Times review called “embarrassing”.Oscars 2015 audience

Neil Patrick Harris has previously won four Primetime Emmys for his skills hosting Broadway’s Tony awards.

However, The Washington Post commented: “It was bound to happen eventually. Neil Patrick Harris, the man who can host anything, finally stumbled.”

Not everyone has blamed Neil Patrick Harris for the ceremony’s lack of appeal though, with some suggesting the predictability of this year’s awards race may have put TV viewers off.

Many of this year’s prizes were awarded to favorites including Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore who took the top acting prizes on the night.

Birdman triumphed over Boyhood to win both best picture and best director for Alejandro Gonzalez.

The New York Times has suggested the gap between films that are popular in US cinemas and those winning Oscars may also explain a ratings dip, calling the awards “hopelessly detached from movie viewers.”

Box-office smash American Sniper went home with only the sound-editing prize, while the second biggest ticket seller of the best picture nominations, The Imitation Game, also took just one prize.

“After months of intense prize campaigning by the Oscar-savvy Weinstein Company, it lost in seven of its eight nominated categories, winning only for best adapted screenplay,” said The New York Times.

Sunday’s TV broadcast was the Academy Awards’ lowest-rated show since 2009, which attracted 36.3 million viewers when Hugh Jackman hosted and Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner.

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Birdman won best film and best director for Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

It also won best cinematography and best original screenplay.

The movie sees Michael Keaton play a former movie superhero actor, who hopes to revive his washed-up career by putting on a Broadway play.

Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice.

The British actor thanked his “staggering partner in crime”, co-star Felicity Jones, and his “ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh”.

Julianne Moore used her speech to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease – in Still Alice, she plays a 50-year-old who has early on-set Alzheimer’s.

Eddie Redmayne was honored for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease (ALS).

Accepting his award, the actor thanked the Hawking family, including Jane Hawking on whose book the film is based, and said his award belonged “to all of the people around the world battling ALS”.Oscars 2015 winner Birdman best picture

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood won just one award from six nominations – best supporting actress – which went to Patricia Arquette.

Patricia Arquette thanked “her Boyhood family” and “every woman who gave birth”.

“To every woman… we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality,” she added, to huge applause from the audience.

JK Simmons won best supporting actor for Whiplash, in which he played a strict drumming teacher at a music conservatory.

Whiplash also won the award for best editing and best sound mixing.

The Grand Budapest Hotel picked up best costume design (Milena Canonero), as well as best hair and make-up (British duo Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier). It also won best score and production design.

Frances Hannon thanked absent actor Bill Murray – who has a cameo in the film – for introducing her to director Wes Anderson on the set of his film Rushmore 17 years earlier.

Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, picked up the award for best live short action film, The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won best adapted screenplay.

Best foreign language film went to Polish black and white family drama Ida.

John Legend and Common’s track Glory, from civil rights drama Selma, won best song.

Emmanuel Lubezko’s win for best cinematography for Birdman was his second Oscar in as many years – in 2014, he won the same award for his work on Gravity.

Citizenfour, which chronicles one of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history, won best documentary feature.

It shows former NSA contractor Edward Snowden at the very moment he made his sensational revelations detailing extensive internet and phone surveillance by the US government.

Best documentary short was won by Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, about the counselors who work with military veterans on a 24-hour phone helpline.

Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama American Sniper won the award for best sound editing.

The 87th Academy Awards took place at Hollywood’s 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre.

Performers at this year’s ceremony included Lady Gaga – who sang a medley of Sound of Music songs to celebrate the classic film’s 50th year – Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick.

Host Neil Patrick Harris kicked off with a song which paid homage to Hollywood’s film industry, accompanied by Kendrick and Jack Black.

There were eight contenders for best picture:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Birdman and Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel began the night with nine nominations each. The Imitation Game had eight.

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper and Boyhood had six apiece.

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The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners.

Best picture

Winner: Birdman

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best director

Winner: Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best actor

Winner: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, BirdmanOscars 2015 winners

Best actress

Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best supporting actor

Winner: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best supporting actress

Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best adapted screenplay

Winner: The Imitation Game

American Sniper

Inherent Vice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Best original screenplay

Winner: Birdman

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nightcrawler

Best animated feature

Winner: Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best animated short

Winner: Feast

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper

Me and My Moulton

A Single Life

Best cinematography

Winner: Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Mr, Turner

Unbroken

Best costume design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods

Maleficent

Mr. Turner

Best documentary feature

Winner: CitizenFour

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth

Virunga

Best documentary short

Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Joanna

Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best film editing

Winner: Whiplash

American Sniper

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Best foreign language film

Winner: Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Tangerines (Estonia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Best live action short

Winner: The Phone Call

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)

Parvaneh

Best make-up & hairstyling

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Foxcatcher

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best original score

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

The Theory of Everything

Best production design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Interstellar

Into the Woods

Mr. Turner

Best song

Winner: Glory, (Selma)

Everything is Awesome, (The Lego Movie)

Grateful, (Beyond the Lights)

I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Lost Stars, (Begin Again)

Best sound editing

Winner: American Sniper

Birdman

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best sound mixing

Winner: Whiplash

American Sniper

Birdman

Interstellar

Unbroken

Best visual effects

Winner: Interstellar

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Birdman has won the top prize at this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards – one day before the Oscars.

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s movie won the best feature, best actor for Michael Keaton and for cinematography.

The awards, which honor low budget film-making, were made in a giant tent on Santa Monica beach on Saturday.

Birdman‘s triple win adds to the film’s momentum ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Alejandro G. Inarritu said he felt “so proud and emotional” to win and praised Michael Keaton and his cast that includes Edward Norton and Emma Stone.Birdman Michael Keaton Independent Spirit Awards 2015

Boyhood – a family drama filmed with the same actors over 12 years – won best director for Richard Linklater while Patricia Arquette was named best actress.

Patricia Arquette, who is strongly tipped to win an Oscar, spoke of the film’s long lifespan.

“People buried their parents, got married, divorced and had babies,” the actress said.

“It was an enormous commitment of time.”

Two other Oscar front runners also walked off with acting prizes. Julianne Moore won best actress for Still Alice in which she plays a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s.

The actress, who undertook extensive research into her role, highlighted the low budget spirit of the film.

“We made the movie in 23 days for $4 million,” Julianne Moore said.

“I brought my own bras and food.”

JK Simmons won best supporting actor for his role as a tyrannical teacher in jazz drama Whiplash.

The role, which he described as “a good fit”, has already drummed up a lot of trophies for Simmons.

Polish drama Ida won best international film.

“We did everything to make a film nobody watches – black and white, the camera doesn’t move,” said director Pawel Pawlikowski as he picked up his prize.

“But miracles happen.”

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2015 Film Independent’s Spirit Award Winners:

Best Feature – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Director – Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Male lead – Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Female lead – Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Supporting Male – JK Simmons for Whiplash

Supporting Female – Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Screenplay – Dan Gilroy for NightcrawlerSpirti Awards 2015

Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Editing – Tom Cross for Whiplash

Best First Feature – Nightcrawler

First Screenplay – Justin Simien for Dear White People

John Cassavetes Award – Land Ho!

Documentary – CitizenFour

International Film – Ida

Robert Altman Award – Inherent Vice

Special Distinction Award to Foxcatcher

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According to a recent study, Oscar nominees American Sniper and Birdman have seen a surge in online piracy rates since nomination.

The report was carried out by Irdeto, a Netherlands-based company that sells piracy controls to the pay-TV sector.

It used “crawler” software to monitor downloads via Bittorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing services around the world and says its figures represent the minimum number of illegal downloads.American Sniper online piracy

As part of the study, the company compared the amount of piracy in the week before nominations with the week after.

Selma, Wild, American Sniper, Still Alice and Birdman saw some of the biggest swings in popularity, and each accounted for more than 100,000 downloads.

By contrast, two other films that had been tipped for the awards but failed to secure nominations in the major categories did not experience similar demand: Mr. Turner has been downloaded 9,086 times since January 15, and Inherent Vice has been downloaded 53,008 times, according to the study.

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Oscar-nominated movie Birdman has been honored at the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The Michael Keaton movie won the prize for excellence in contemporary film, while Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won the period film category.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards, although only Wes Anderson’s film is up for the best costume Oscar.

The musical Into the Woods won in the fantasy film category.Birdman wins big prize at Costume Directors Guild Awards 2015

With costumes designed by multiple Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood, it beat Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and Maleficent.

Double Oscar winner Albert Wolsky’s costumes in Birdman triumphed over Boyhood, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Wild.

Milena Canonero – yet another multiple Academy Award winner – beat The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Inherent Vice with her costumes for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Boyhood director Richard Linklater was honored with the distinguished collaborator award.

Harrison Ford presented the career achievement award to Aggie Guerard Rodgers, with whom he worked on a number of films including American Graffiti, Return of the Jedi and The Fugitive.

She was nominated for an Oscar for The Color Purple and also worked on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Rainmaker and Beetlejuice.

Achievements in television were also recognized at the ceremony, with True Detective winning the outstanding contemporary TV series award.

Game of Thrones won the period/fantasy series prize and American Horror Story: Freak Show won the mini-series award.

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Full list of winners at the 2015 Costume Designers Guild Awards:

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Birdman – Albert Wolsky
Excellence in Period Film
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Excellence in Fantasy Film
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
Army, “Defy Expectations, Villagers” – Christopher Lawrence
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
True Detective – Jenny Eagan
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series
American Horror Story: Freak Show – Lou Eyrich

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Eddie Redmayne has won best actor at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards raising his chances of Oscars success after beating favorite Michael Keaton to win.

The recipient has gone on to win the equivalent Oscar for the last 10 years.

Eddie Redmayne took the award for his role in The Theory of Everything.

Michael Keaton and the rest of the Birdman cast did, however, win the award for best ensemble cast at Sunday’s ceremony.

There were also prizes for Oscar hopefuls Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons.

In a year when the lack of diversity at awards ceremonies has been under the spotlight, black actresses won the two major acting prizes in the TV categories for the first time in history.Eddie Redmayne SAG Awards 2015

Viola Davis was named outstanding lead actress in a drama for How to Get Away With Murder, while Uzo Aduba was honored for her role in Orange is the New Black.

The Netflix series, set in a women’s prison, also won best comedy ensemble cast.

Downton Abbey won best ensemble cast in a TV drama for a second time.

The SAG awards are seen as a strong indicator of who will win at the Oscars because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Michael Keaton had been expected to pick up the best actor award but was beaten by Eddie Redmayne, who plays a young Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

The actor led the Birdman cast on stage to accept the ceremony’s main award – best ensemble cast – and called acting “the ultimate team sport”.

Julianne Moore continued her winning streak by taking home the best actress in a film award for Still Alice, where she plays a professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Other winners included Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and William H. Macy for Shameless.

Mark Ruffalo, who is Oscar-nominated for his film role in Foxcatcher, won best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his role in A Normal Heart.

Frances McDormand won best actress in the same field for her part in HBO’s Olive Kitteredge.

Debbie Reynolds was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her daughter Carrie Fisher, who joked, “she has been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more.”

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Full list of winners at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – WINNER

Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything – WINNER

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore – Still Alice – WINNER

Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash – WINNER

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood – WINNER
Kiera Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent


Television

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey – WINNER
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards

Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Orange is the New Black – WINNER

The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Modern Family
Veep

SAG Awards 2015
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards – WINNER

Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson – True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder – WINNER
Julianna Marguiles – The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards
Claire Danes – Homeland
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy – Shameless – WINNER

Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black – WINNER
Julie Bowen – Modern Family
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Jula Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart – WINNER

Adrian Brody – Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins – Olive Kitteridge
Billy Bob Thorton – Fargo

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge – WINNER

Ellen Burstyn – Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful

Honors for Stunt Ensembles

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
24: Live Another Day
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Sons of Anarchy
The Walking Dead

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The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards full list of winners at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles:

 

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Birdman

American Sniper
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
 
Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

House Of Cards

True Detective

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Life Itself

The Green Prince

Merchants of Doubt

Particle Fever

Virunga

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Longform Television:
The Longform television category encompasses both movies of the week and miniseries.

Fargo

The Normal Heart

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Sherlock

The Award for Outstanding Sports Program:

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

24/7 (HBO)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Atlanta Falcons (HBO)

Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Cincinnati Bengals (HBO)

Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March To Brazil (ESPN)

The Award for Outstanding Children’s Program:

Sesame Street (PBS)

Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

Toy Story OF TERROR! (ABC)

Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass (HBO)

The Award for Outstanding Digital Series:

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

30 For 30 Shorts

COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive

Epic Rap Battles Of History

Video Game High School Season 3

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Nonfiction Television:

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey

30 For 30 Simmons

American Masters

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Shark Tank

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

Orange Is The New Black

The Big Bang Theory

Louie

Modern Family

Veep

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

The Voice (NBC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Dancing With The Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Top Chef (Bravo)PGA Awards 2015
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin

Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Producer: Roy Conli, p.g.a.

The Book of Life (20th Century Fox)
Producers: Brad Booker, p.g.a., Guillermo del Toro, p.g.a.

The Boxtrolls (Focus Features)
Producers: David Bleiman Ichioka, p.g.a., Travis Knight, p.g.a.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (20th Century Fox)
Producer: Bonnie Arnold, p.g.a.

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Birdman has been given a boost in the run-up to this year’s Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America’s top award.

The Producers Guild has predicted the winner of best picture at the Oscars for the past seven years.

In Birdman, Michael Keaton plays a washed-up star who tries to revive his career.

Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood has until now been seen as the frontrunner for best picture at the Oscars, which take place in Hollywood on February 22.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) decision means the Academy Awards race is still wide open.

Many of the PGA’s 6,700 members are also Oscar voters, and the winner of the top PGA prize has gone on to win best picture at the Oscars every year since 2007, and 18 times in the past 25 years.PGA Awards 2015 Michael Keaton Birdman

In 2014, the PGA did hedge its bets, however, by announcing a tie between 12 Years a Slave – which went on to win the Academy Award – and space drama Gravity.

Birdman, in which Michael Keaton stars as a former Hollywood superhero who tries to make a comeback on Broadway, has nine Oscar nominations.

Ralph Fiennes’ offbeat comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel also has nine nominations.

Boyhood, which was filmed over 12 years to show one boy’s coming of age, has six Oscar nominations and is odds-on favorite to win best picture.

However, the PGA panel has definitely disagreed with Oscar voters in one category this year.

At the PGA ceremony on January 24, The Lego Movie was named best animated feature – but it has not even been nominated in that category at the Academy Awards.

Life Itself was named best documentary by the PGA, while Fargo, Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black were among the victors in the television categories.

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Full list of winners at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards:

Best Picture
Birdman
WINNER: Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

Best Director
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma 
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
WINNER: Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Best Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
WINNER: Michael Keaton – Birdman
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything 

Best Actress
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
WINNER: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
WINNER: J. K. Simmons – Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
WINNER:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

Best Young Actor/Actress
WINNER:
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Ansel Elgort — The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy — Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher — St. Vincent
Tony Revolori — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhané Wallis — Annie
Noah Wiseman — The BabadookCritics Choice Awards 2015

Best Acting Ensemble
WINNER:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER:
Gillian Flynn — Gone Girl
Graham Moore — The Imitation Game
Paul Thomas Anderson — Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten — The Theory of Everything
Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson — Unbroken
Nick Hornby — Wild

Best Original Screenplay
WINNER:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo — Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2

WINNER: The Lego Movie

Best Action Movie
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury

WINNER: Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Actor in an Action Movie
WINNER:
Bradley Cooper — American Sniper
Tom Cruise — Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans — Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt — Fury
Chris Pratt — Guardians of the Galaxy 

Best Actress in an Action Movie
WINNER:
Emily Blunt — Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson — Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Zoe Saldana — Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley — Divergent

Best Comedy
Birdman
WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Top Five
22 Jump Street

Best Actor in a Comedy
Jon Favreau – Chef
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
WINNER: Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Chris Rock – Top Five
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

Best Actress in a Comedy
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Rosario Dawson – Top Five
Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent
WINNER: Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
WINNER: Interstellar
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: 
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature
Citizenfour
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
WINNER: Life Itself
The Overnighters

Best Art Direction
Kevin Thompson, George DeTitta Jr. – Birdman
WINNER: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Crank, Amy Wells – Inherent Vice
Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis – Interstellar
Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock – Into the Woods
Ondrej Nekvasil, Beatrice Brentnerova – Snowpiercer

Best Cinematography
WINNER:
Emmanuel Lubezki — Birdman
Robert Yeoman — The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hoyte Van Hoytema — Interstellar
Dick Pope — Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins — Unbroken

Best Costume Design
WINNER:
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard — Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran — Mr. Turner

Best Editing
WINNER:
Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione — Birdman
Sandra Adair — Boyhood
Kirk Baxter — Gone Girl
Lee Smith — Interstellar
Tom Cross — Whiplash

Best Hair & Makeup
Foxcatcher
WINNER: Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

Best Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
WINNER: Antonio Sánchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

Best Song
Big Eyes Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes
Everything is Awesome Jo Li and The Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
WINNER: Glory John Legend and Common – Selma
Lost Stars Keira Knightley – Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Best Visual Effects
WINNER:
 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

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Oscar nominee Michael Keaton fell off stage at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony.

Michael Keaton, who collected two best actor trophies for Birdman at Thursday’s ceremony, later joked “that I took the Birdman flying thing way too far”.

Boyhood drama walked away with the coveted best picture award.

The Lego Movie – snubbed by Oscar voters earlier in the day – picked up the best animated feature award.

Michael Keaton, who was fine after his fall from the stage, won best actor and best actor in a comedy, while Birdman also collected best acting ensemble and original screenplay among its seven-trophy haul.

He was one of the five actors who had earlier learned they would be vying for the best actor Oscar.Michael Keaton falls off stage at Critics' Choice Awards 2015

Julianne Moore, also an Oscar nominee, picked up the best actress for Still Alice, while JK Simmons was rewarded with a best supporting gong for Whiplash.

The Critics’ Choice Awards is a rarity in rewarding the action movie genre, with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out on top in the category.

Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper won the award for best actor in an action movie, while Emily Blunt took the actress title, for Edge of Tomorrow.

There was also recognition for space saga Interstellar in the sci-fi/horror category.

Richard Linklater won best director for Boyhood, while Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress. Both are Oscar nominees.

Ellar Coltrane won the best young actor for his role in the film, which started its 13-year long shoot when he was just five and continued over the course of 12 years.

The best song award went to Common and John Legend for Glory from the civil rights drama Selma.

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Full list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Picture
American Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Producers
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best actor
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper in American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Best supporting Actor
Robert Duvall in The Judge
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best actress
Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Best supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Laura Dern in Wild
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Emma Stone in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
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Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper Written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game Written by Graham Moore
Inherent Vice Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash Written by Damien Chazelle

Original Screenplay
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Boyhood Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler Written by Dan Gilroy

Cinematography
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman
Ida Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner Dick Pope
Unbroken Roger Deakins

Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice Mark Bridges
Into the Woods Colleen Atwood
Maleficent Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
Mr. Turner Jacqueline Durran

Director
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum

Documentary Feature
CitizenFour Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Finding Vivian Maier John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
Last Days in Vietnam Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
The Salt of the Earth Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
Virunga Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Documentary Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Joanna Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper (La Parka) Gabriel Serra Arguello
White Earth J. Christian Jensen

Film Editing
American Sniper Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
Boyhood Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game William Goldenberg
Whiplash Tom Cross

Foreign Language Film
Ida – Poland
Leviathan – Russia
Tangerines – Estonia
Timbuktu – Mauritania
Wild Tales – Argentina

Makeup and Hairstyling
Foxcatcher Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Guardians of the Galaxy Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat
The Imitation Game Alexandre Desplat
Interstellar Hans Zimmer
Mr. Turner Gary Yershon
The Theory of Everything Jóhann Jóhannsson

Original Song
Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
Glory from Selma
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
Grateful from Beyond the Lights
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
I’m Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
Lost Stars from Begin Again
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
The Imitation Game Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

Animated Short Film
The Bigger Picture Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Me and My Moulton Torill Kove
A Single Life Joris Oprins

Live Action Short Film
Aya Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Sound Editing
American Sniper Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
Interstellar Richard King
Unbroken Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

Sound Mixing
American Sniper John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
Interstellar Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
Unbroken Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
Whiplash Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
Guardians of the Galaxy Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
Interstellar Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
X-Men: Days of Future Past Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

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Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead this year’s Oscars nominations with nine nods each.

The Theory of Everything, Boyhood and American Sniper also have multiple nominations.

Among best actor nominations are Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Michael Keaton.

There are eight films in the best film category:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Meryl Streep is nominated for her 19th acting Oscar, breaking her own Academy Awards record. She is up for best supporting actress for Into the Woods alongside Keira Knightley, Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern and Emma Stone.Oscars nominations 2015

Nominated alongside Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike in the best actress category are previous Oscar winners Reece Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard, alongside Julianne Moore, who recently won the Golden Globe for her role in Still Alice.

Those who missed out in the category included Jennifer Aniston who was nominated a Golden Globe for her role in Cake and Amy Adams who won the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for Big Eyes.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel have nine nominations apiece, while The Imitation Game is up for eight and American Sniper and Boyhood are up for six each.

The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher and Whiplash have five nominations each.

Rita Ora is nominated for best song for Grateful from Beyond the Lights. John Legend, who won a Golden Globe for his song Glory from the film Selma, is also nominated along with Tegan & Sara for Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie.

The Lego Movie was a surprise omission in the best animated film category.

The nominations were announced in Hollywood by Alfonso Cuaron, who won best director for Gravity last year, alongside actor Chris Pine, Star Wars director JJ Abrams and Oscars boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

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Keyshia Cole was arrested early Friday morning after being charged with battery, Entertainment Tonight reported.

According to the LAPD, Keyshia Cole was brought in Friday on a private person’s arrest, and charged with battery.

Keyshia Cole was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman at her rumored boyfriend Birdman's condo

Keyshia Cole was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman at her rumored boyfriend Birdman’s condo

The incident took place at 5 a.m. at the home of Keyshia Cole’s rumored boyfriend, rapper Birdman, where Cole allegedly assaulted a woman she found there, TMZ reported.

Keyshia Cole attacked the woman and left scatches on her faces.

Keyshia Cole has since posted a $46,000 bail and been released.

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Birdman, a comedy drama about an actor trying to escape the shadow of a famous superhero role, has opened this year’s Venice Film Festival in Italy.

Michael Keaton joined the rest of the film’s stars on the Lido at the world premiere that launched this year’s 12-day event.

Birdman is one of 20 titles up for the Golden Lion, the Venice Film Festival’s main award.

French composer Alexandre Desplat heads this year’s jury, which also includes the British actor Tim Roth.

Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman are also members of the nine-strong panel.

Birdman has opened this year’s Venice Film Festival in Italy

Birdman has opened this year’s Venice Film Festival in Italy

Other movies they will assess include Al Pacino’s latest outing Manglehorn; Abel Ferrera’s new film about Italian director Paolo Pasolini; and Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke as a US military drone pilot.

Films that will screen out of competition include The Sound and the Fury, James Franco’s adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, and a longer version of the second half of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.

The Venice Film Festival will close with The Golden Era, a three-hour biopic about a radical writer from the 1900s directed the Hong Kong film-maker Ann Hui.

Attendees at Wednesday’s opening night gala included Julie Gayet, the French actress whose affair with France’s president Francois Hollande made headlines around the world.

Venice is the first of the autumn’s major international film festivals. Telluride opens on Friday in Colorado, while the Toronto Film Festival gets under way next week in Canada.

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Jarno Smeets, the man who posted on YouTube a video of himself apparently conducting a successful test flight of a “wing-suit” he’d invented , has admitted it was a hoax.

In the widely viewed film the “inventor” – a Dutch man calling himself “Jarno Smeets” – appears to fly using a contraption powered and controlled by the flapping of his arms.

But an animator and film-maker called Floris Kaayk has now admitted that he is in fact Jarno Smeets.

And Floris Kaayk says he faked the whole thing.

Floris Kaayk created an elaborate back-story behind the supposed invention, claiming it was inspired by sketches of a “flying bicycle” his grandfather had designed, which his mother had found in the attic of his home.

Animator and film-maker called Floris Kaayk has now admitted that he is in fact Birdman Jarno Smeets

Animator and film-maker called Floris Kaayk has now admitted that he is in fact Birdman Jarno Smeets

He claimed to have used Wii technology to co-ordinate the flapping motion of his arms to a huge pair of wings made from hang-glider fabric.

The video was a huge hit on YouTube, and quickly went viral, being picked up by media organizations around the world.

But viewers started to become suspicious when the engineering institutions he claimed to belong to revealed they had never heard of him.

Floris Kaayk then confessed to fabricating the footage, which he says is an exercise in “online storytelling”.

And for anyone doubting the veracity of Floris Kaayk’s claims to be a film-maker and animator, several short films by him can be seen on YouTube, and his website describes him as specializing in “blending computer generated images with live action”.

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