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Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel clean up at the Oscars

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the big winners at the 2015 Oscars, taking four Academy Awards each.

Birdman took Best Picture, Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu,  Cinematography and Best original Screenplay, while Budapest Hotel grabbed Best Costume Design, Make-up, Production Design and Score.

Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He dedicated the award to the film crew and his wife, the Hawking family and to “everyone around the world suffering from ALS”. Similar sentiments were echoed by Julianne Moore, who took the Best actress award for her portrayal of a woman diagnosed with Alzheimers
in Still Alice.

The bookies’ favourite Boyhood, which won best drama and best director at  the Golden Globes, lost out in both categories to Birdman, although Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress. She used her acceptance speech to demand equal pay for women – a sore point in Hollywood since hacked Sony emails confirmed that even A-list stars such as Jennifer Lawrence suffered discrimination.  

Hot favourite JK Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a tyrannical music teacher in Whiplash, which also won the Oscars for Editing and Sound Mixing.

Britain’s Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game and Matt Kirkby and James Lucas picked up the award for Best Live Short action film for The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

There was an upset in the foreign language film category, with Poland’s 
Ida beating the hotly-fancied controversial Russian drama Leviathans.
Director Paweł Pawlikowski used his 45-second acceptance speech to thank “my Polish friends who are in front of the TV, the crew who were in the trenches with us and who are totally drunk now – and you were fantastic”.

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Mr Men head for the big screen

Mr Tickle, Mr Messy, Mr Bump and Little Miss Chatterbox are heading for the big screen after Fox Animation, the studio behind the Rio and Ice Age films, signed a deal to turn Roger Hargreaves’ beloved Mr Men children’s books into a movie. Shawn Levy, who was behind the various Night at the Museum films, will produce but no director or stars have been announced.



The UK's Top 5 films  February 20-22

1 (1)

Fifty Shades of Grey


2 (2)

Big Hero 6


3 (3)

Shaun The Sheep Movie


4 (4)

Kingsman: The Secret Service



The Wedding Ringer


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Click here to read our review

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