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Academy Award Best Picture Winner for 2014: Birdman?

Updated on January 3, 2016

Birdman - Best Picture 2015

Birdman - Best Picture 2015
Birdman - Best Picture 2015

Best Picture 2014: Birdman?

How could a weird and very strange movie like Birdman win for best picture for 2014? At best this movie was just average, certainly very different but no where near worthy of consideration for Best Picture for 2014. This win is even more strange when you consider the incredible 12 year achievement of the movie Boyhood, which followed the life of 4 people for a period of 12 years before it was finally released. We also had the best War movie since Saving Private Ryan in American Sniper and still this strange insane movie won best picture? When we have movies winning major awards just because they are strange then we have some problems in the movie award business. The movie the Imitation Game was also a great movie about the scientist Alan Turing who not only invented the modern day computer but also helped saved the world in World War 2 by breaking the German Code that saved many lives towards the end of the war.

At least half the time the Academy seems to vote in some insane way but this best picture mistake this year is almost as bad as in 1998 when "Shakespeare in Love" won over "Saving Private Ryan". Maybe one day in the future there will be some kind of a checks and balances for the Academy Award voting because over the years I have seen way too many insane results on this show, especially recently. Most recently the Golden Globe Award nominations for 2015 included the movie the Martian and Joy in the comedy movie category and both movies were not comedies. How can that be? Is this an error of some kind or is something else going on here?

Overall, Neil Patrick Harris was OK as the 2014 host of the Academy Awards, but he was not good enough as the host of this important show. His decision to come out on stage in his underpants was tacky at best, and especially the too revealing. Why he did this made no sense to me? For a cheap laugh? Lets hope we don't see anything like that again. Hosting the Academy Awards in front of 1 billion people has to be one of the most difficult things anyone can do in show business, so we have to get people who are up to the job. Coming on stage in our underpants is not up to the job of host of the Academy Awards.

Other than the insane Birdman win, I thought all the other winners that night all made sense and were well deserving winners, most especially Julianne Moore who has been nominated 5 times and finally won a best Actress Oscar for her great performance in "Still Alice".

2015 Academy Award List of Nominees and Winners

Best picture

Winner: Birdman

American Sniper


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


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, Birdman

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


Best original screenplay

Winner: Birdman



The Grand Budapest Hotel


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


Mr Turner


Best costume design

Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Into the Woods


Mr Turner

Best documentary feature

Winner: CitizenFour

Finding Vivian Maier

Last Days in Vietnam

The Salt of the Earth


Best documentary short

Winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1


Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

Best film editing

Winner: Whiplash

American Sniper


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

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