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Birdman steals the Oscar show

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore grabbed Oscars in the Best Actor category for their performance in The Theory of Everything and Still Alice respectively at the 87th Academy Awards here Sunday Night. Elated over the win, Redmayne said he really got “lucky” this Oscar season.

“Thank you to the Academy. I don't think I'm capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar-wow!” quoted him as saying while accepting the golden statuette.

Redmayne played the role of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in the British biographical romantic drama film, directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking.

The talented actor also took home the award for Best Actor at the BAFTA Awards for the same role. Among the actresses, Moore scooped the award this time for her role as Dr. Alice Howland, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer's disease. The film was based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name.

Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose film Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance clinched four trophies at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday including Best Picture and Best Director, credited its actor Michael Keaton's “tighty whities” for giving him his best director win.

The 51-year-old joked in his acceptance speech that he had worn part of his leading man's costume from the movie and thinks it helped him to victory, reports

“Tonight I am wearing the real Michael Keaton tighty whities. They are tight, smell like b***s, but they work, I am here. Thank you Michael,” he said.

JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette won their first Academy Awards here Sunday night when they were bestowed with the Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in Supporting Role for their work in Whiplash and Boyhood respectively.

In Whiplash, Simmons plays a music teacher, who motivates his students through fear and humiliation.

His performance was nominated alongside Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman) and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).

Arquette's portrayal of a divorced mother struggling to make a life for herself and her two children, pipped other nominees like Laura Dern for Wild, Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game, Emma Stone for Birdman and Meryl Streep for Into the Woods.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the hit musical The Sound Of Music, singer Lady Gaga paid a fitting tribute by performing the film's songs at the Academy Awards stage here Sunday night, in the presence of veteran actress Julie Andrews.

She sang a melody of songs from the 1965 film, including The Sound of Music, My Favourite Things, Edelweiss and Climb Every Mountain. The film's star, Julie Andrews, joined Gaga on stage, and her arrival was met with a standing ovation.

And the winners

Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Foreign language film: Ida
Adapted screenplay:
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Original screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Animated feature film: Big Hero 6
Production design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cinematography: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Sound mixing: Whiplash
Sound editing: American Sniper
Original score: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Original song: Glory from Selma
Costume design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Documentary feature: CitizenFour
Documentary (short subject): Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Film editing: Whiplash
Makeup and hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Animated short film: Feast
Live action short film: The Phone Call
Visual effects: Interstellar
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