Oscars 2015: Winners And Reaction

Also, why is Alexa Chung giving her "opinion" on the #Oscars when she hasn't seen half the movies and didn't know who @ActuallyNPH was?!

Next time @skymovies, for an #Oscars panel, get someone who can actually present and ideally watches films - NOT Alexa Chung

— Cuong Dang (@cuong76) February 23, 2015

18.05 But, lovely as the speech was, it's hard not to feel the Telegraph's

Tim Robey had a bit of a point. For those of you who weren't with us earlier tonight, Tim wrote: "Graham Moore gave a sweet speech saying "Stay weird!", but the big problem with his script is that it's not nearly weird enough – it feels like the product of reading way too many screenwriting manuals. And it backs away from the really painful and private depths of Turing's story."

18.04 Graham Moore's moving acceptance speech (after winning Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game) is still being celebrated over in Twittersville.

"Stay weird and stay different" #Oscars2015 pic.twitter.com/yi1D7JmCFN

— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) February 23, 2015

17.54 I was about to make a joke about John Travolta giving people "chills" that were "multiplying". Had a quick check, and looks like most of Twitter got there first. Ah well.

Shes got chills they are multiplying...poor old John Travolta second year running with the "awkward moment" #Oscars15 pic.twitter.com/VtdrPfrcoV

— Tara Hammond (@SlatedIreland) February 23, 2015

Viewing the creepy moments of John Travolta at last night's Oscars are giving me chills that are multiplying.

— Harley Rich (@harleyjakerich) February 23, 2015

John travolta- the reason that our chills are multiplying

— daisy (Dehzy) (@_Dramos_) February 23, 2015

17.36 Tim Robey has rounded up some of the big questions we're all still asking ourselves.Did Jack Black steal the opening number? Why were there so many awkard jokes about race? And, most importantly/bizzarely : why couldn't John Travolta keep his hands to himself?

17.13 Anyway. Moving back to to exclusively Eddie Redmayne-related topics: turns out >Stephen Hawking has used Facebook to convey a message of congratulation to the star

(who won his Best Actor Oscar for portraying the physicist in James Marsh's >The Theory of Everything


Post by Stephen Hawking.

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16.43 Rumours about Emma Watson and a certain red-headed Prince might have been doing the rounds in recent days. But it now looks as if Watson has her heart set on actor (and Oscar nominee) Steve Carell instead

. Watson has tweeted a picture of a handwritten note she penned to Carell, after the actor donned a pair of #heforshe cufflinks at last night's ceremony. In it, she writes: "You were pure genius in Little Miss Sunshine (one of my all time favourite films), my brother became obsessed with you after Anchorman, I wanted to marry you or have you adopt me after Crazy, Stupid, Love, I hated that guy you played in The Way Way Back, and then you were mind-blowing in Foxcatcher." Aww.

The #heforshe movement, set up by Watson last year, >encourages men to pledge their support for gender equality.

@SteveCarell #HeForShe @MONIQUEPEAN #OscarsCufflinks pic.twitter.com/W5TcnteQwK

— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) February 22, 2015

16.15 In other news, the Academy have issued a statement responding to the criticism they received after not featuring Joan Rivers during their "In Memoriam" segment. (Be warned: it's not really very much of a response/explanation.)

They said: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com." (via >Hollywood Reporter


I would *love* to hear the Joan Rivers routine about getting left out of the In Memoriam reel.

— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 23, 2015

Am I missing something or was @Joan_Rivers really left out of the #Oscars memorials?

— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) February 23, 2015

15.43 There's some debate over on Twitter surrounding Patricia Arquette. Her fiery acceptance speech may have gone down well, but a backstage comment she made to the press – "It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for – to fight for us now!" – is causing more controversy.

Dear Patricia Arquette blacks and gays owe white women nothing http://t.co/aIFXUbXgsa pic.twitter.com/W97drLQ8Ue

— Deanna Fry (@DeannaFryTV) February 23, 2015

15.31 Robbie Collin has written a rather brilliant piece on why >John Travolta's kiss sums up sexism in Hollywood.

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Here's his unforgettable description of the moment in question ("slunk" is a great verb):

"Johansson was posing for photographers in an emerald green gown from Atelier Versace, when suddenly, in a tuxedo from goodness only knows where, John Travolta came looming into view.

He slunk in close, lips puckered like a horse’s bottom, and planted a wet-looking kiss on Johansson’s cheek. She didn’t react: even when his right hand crept around her waist, her gaze remained steady, her own arms by her side. She said nothing, but the look she shot the cameras said everything. On the biggest night of the movie awards season, in Travolta’s eyes she was just another trophy."

15.12 Here's Jay-Z and Bey enjoying a glass of bubbly at that (extremely glamorous-and-fun-looking) >Oscars after-party


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15.05 The Natural History Museum just tweeted this. It doesn't really have anything to do with the Oscars. But I just wanted to point out that, if Eddie Redmayne had to play a tapir, I'm sure he'd do it really, really well.

Can't wait to show fab archive photos in the new gallery, like this waistcoat-munching tapir! #RothschildRoomMondays pic.twitter.com/zfYcP5NLuk

— NHM at Tring (@NHM_Tring) February 23, 2015

14.58 While we're on the subject of Redmayne (it's a good subject), do take a look at this >brilliant graphic, showing all the British Best Actor Oscar winners through the years

. Eddie (who is 33) is the second youngest British Best Actor winner to claim the award in the past 50 years (Daniel Day-Lewis was 32 when he won for My Left Foot in 1989).

14.42 If you're into looking at pictures of famous people having fun (and who isn't?)here are some fantastic pics from the

Oscars after-party in our gallery. This one of actor Keira Knightley and her husband James Righton and Eddie Redmayne and wife Hannah Bagshawe is particularly lovely. I'm planning to photoshop myself into it later, obviously.

Jeff Vespa/Wireimage

14.33 Hello again! Our live blogging of the Oscars reactions was temporarily un-lived (dead-ed?) by minor technical issues, but there's no need to panic/cry: we're now back up and running again. Over on Twitter (where else?) people are avidly discussing Patricia Arquettes wonderful speech. But (because some things never change) people are also avidly discussing Rita Ora's daring after-party dress.

Oh, hey @RitaOra | Vanity Fair After Party | #Oscars2015 #RitaOra pic.twitter.com/DquQNJpXsY

— The Cut Life (@thecutlife) February 23, 2015

13.30 Back to the evening's main controversy: here's an extract from >Robbie Collin's excellent piece on why it doesn't matter if Boyhood was "cheated" out of Best Picture and Best Director wins


"Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, the three awards for which Linklater was personally nominated, all went to Birdman instead. While he watched Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman’s director, shuttle back and forth from the stage, perhaps Linklater wondered just how long he’d have had to keep shooting Boyhood in order to convince the Academy of its artistic worth. Would just another 12 months have clinched it?"

He eventually concludes:

"Best Picture Oscar would have been a nice way to round it off, but I’m not sure the film ever really needed one."

13.11 Look: he's even helping resolve family disputes. Is there anything Eddie Redmayne can't do?

my mum is literally had the biggest go at me this morning then five minutes later came in my room saying "don't be sad eddie redmayne won"

— han (@littlehan___) February 23, 2015

13.07 Lots of people have been arguing that Michael Keaton should have won Best Actor for the multi-layered, career-defining, painfully self-aware performance he gave in Birdman. I was one of them, but I've just seen this (RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE) clip of Eddie Redmayne being happy and excited and cradling his Oscar like a baby, and am now Team Eddie. Sorry, Mike.

12.57 Want to relive this glorious Cumber-moment, alongside other timeless snaps? Then you're in luck: Kat Brown (who was tirelessly blogging yesterday night) has kindly rounded up all

the best tweets and instagram snaps of the night. You're welcome.

HA! #Cumberbatch #Oscars pic.twitter.com/noJqE0gjKc

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 23, 2015

12.25 Remember the passionate, forthright speech John Legend gave after receiving the Best Song Oscar for Selma's Glory? In it, Legend said: "We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850." >Vox.com

has had a quick look at that (pretty shocking) stat, and come up with some interesting points. Here's a quick summary of their findings:

• In 1850, 872,924 black men were slaves in the US

• In December 2013, approximately 526,000 black men in the US were in state and federal prisons

• In 2013, approximately 877,000 black men were on probation, and 280,000 black men were on parole in the US

• In 2013, 86 percent of all 730,000 jail residents were male, and 36 percent were black. So, according to Vox.com, "it seems plausible that a couple of hundred thousand black men are in jail".

• These combined stats mean that roughly 1.68 million black men are "under correctional control" in the US. That's more than three times the number of black men who were under slavery in 1850.

• However, in 1850, there were 3.6 million African Americans in the US, while in 2010, there were 42 million. So, as a matter of fact, a much larger share of the black male population was enslaved in 1850 than is under correctional control today. (Vox.com notes that, while this puts Legend's statistic into perspective, it certainly doesn't stop it from being alarming, or from being a major cause for concern.)

12.00 Here's another great snap of Keira Knightley from last night. Earlier, we shared a pic of the pregant actress at the pre-Oscars parties, dressed in what looked like a jellyfish (a good jellyfish). In this picture, Keira is wearing a Valentino dress (yes, we just googled that) with flowers and French words on it. It's quite nice.


11.49 Mothers can be trying, can’t they? This amusingly snippy red-carpet exchange between Dakota Johnson and her mother Melanie Griffith, having a disagreement over whether Griffith should watch her daughter in soft-porn fun-fest Fifty Shades of Grey, is excruciatingly familiar in tone, if not in content:

11.44 This is by far the best response:

John Travolta says hi pic.twitter.com/Bj11mSb3cL

— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) February 23, 2015

11.43 Meanwhile, over on Twitter, poor John Travolta and his "awkward/creepy" hands are getting a lot of attention:

Congrats John Travolta... You single handidly creeped out the #Oscars2015 pic.twitter.com/GbD1ivA1xz

— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) February 23, 2015

11.37 Those Lego Oscars handed out to Oprah and Emma Stone during the performance of Everything is Awesome were built by "brick artist Nathan Sawaya", who also made the statue pictured in Lego Movie director Phil Lord's now infamous >Oscar snub Tweet

. Each is made from 500 glued-together bricks, he tells >CNet

, and soon you can have one too. Sawaya has submitted the design to the Lego Ideas forum, meaning we could all be making them at home within days. Check out our >gallery of Nathan Sawaya's brick art here


(Nathan Sawaya)

11.13 Here's Benedict Cumberbatch, looking not at all like a loser, with wife Sophie Turner at the Vanity Fair party. According to the magazine's Twitter account, he's now in deep conversation with Joan and Jackie Collins over a bowl of fries.

(Jeff Vespa/VF15)

10.46 It's only a matter of hours since Patricia Arquette won her Oscar, but already a mini-backlash against the actress has begun! Although >her feminist equal pay speech

is still getting love on social media, the Twitter outrage brigade has leapt on comments she made backstage after her win, suggesting that gay and non-white people ought to be agitating for the rights of women. "It's time for all the women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve fought for, to fight for us now," she said. Feminist writer Roxane Gay summed up this storm in a teacup:

The idea that queers & POC have had their time in the struggle spotlight long enough. Eek. Ma'am. Congrats on yr Oscar tho. You are talented

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 23, 2015

10.27 Thanks to copyright restrictions it's proving very difficult for anyone outside the US to view Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black's opening song/monologue online, so here's a partial transcript of the lyrics. It's written by Frozen's Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, we think it's called Moving Pictures, and it does makes much more sense with the music and the very clever visuals. But until the Academy remembers what the internet was invented for, this will have to do. The full version can be found on >playbill.com


Check out the glamour

The glitter

People tweeting on the Twitter

And no one’s drunk and bitter yet cause no one has lost!

Look at the diamonds

The dresses

People going to excesses

The stress is on and everybody’s fingers are crossed

We know the show is love so we're behaving our best

But i secretly hope someone pulls a Kanye West

(points to Clint Eastwood)

But we are here tonight

With our Xanax and Dior

Thank you lists and publicists

Who fought the oscar war

Tonight we toast what we love most

And i am thrilled to be your host


All of it is for:

Moving pictures

Shadows and light

Like a magic trick

Done in plain sight


Why do we love them?

Why do we care?

When they’re just moving pictures

That aren’t really there?

But then i think of Chaplin

And Monroe

And Argo

And Fargo

Or when Marty made his car go back in time at the mall

And then there’s Bardot

And Brando

And Billy Dee as Lando

Or when Sharon went commando and unsettled us all

I gasp when Indy goes back for his hat

Or when i think of all the tension between Ben & Matt


And now Jack Black's stage-crashing rap:


This is what you’re being like:

movies movies

Wow they rock!”

Well, once they did

But listen kids

It’s all a big crock

Now it’s market trends, fickle friends and hollywood baloney

Believe me Neil, you’re better off just polishing your Tony

This industry’s in flux

It’s run by muckamucks

Pitchin' tents for tent poles

And chasin’ Chinese bucks

Opening with lots of zeroes

All we get are superheroes

Superman. Spider-Man, Jediman


Batman , sequelman, prequelman – formulaic scripts

And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips!

In a world where our brains are becoming machines

The only screens we’re watching are the screens in our jeans!

Neil Patrick Harris again:

Moving pictures

Millions of pixels on screens

They may not be real life

But they show you what life really means

More than any one image

More than any one star

Truly moving pictures

Shape who we are

Whether we’re

Big brained and british

Or hiking and skittish

A legendary leader

A birdman in a theater

A boy we watch become a man

A hero of Afghanistan

A wealthy philanthropic creep

Magic Meryl f_____ Streep

Lobby boys and bleeding drummers

All these awesome up and comers

Who will get a statue?

Results are coming at you

At the 87th Oscars moving picture show!

09.40 You don't often see the words "Sean Penn" and "joke" in the same sentence, which could be why everyone seems so baffled and offended by his green card gag at Alejandro González Iñárritu's expense. This, and more Oscar talking points, >are discussed in detail here

. (For the record, Iñárritu himself didn't seem remotely outraged.)

09.18 The Academy has already been accused of hating funny old broads after leaving out Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch from this year's In Memoriam segment.

But it seems they have something against Italians too.

PA reports that the Italian media is furious over the Oscars snub of film director Francesco Rosi, who died in January aged 92 and was considered one the greats of Italian cinema. His last film was was 1997’s The Truce, based on Holocaust survivor Primo Levi’s memoir, and starring John Turturro.

Rosi's work influenced Martin Scorsese, and his film Three Brothers was nominated for Best Foreign Language film in 1981.

"Oscars Shame," said a headline on the website of public broadcaster Rai, while the reaction on Twitter was just as outraged.

Dear @TheAcademy Francesco #Rosi is one of the greatest director of the history of cinema. Now you know it #Oscars2015 no memories

— carotelevip (@carotelevip) February 23, 2015

@paolajacobbi I can't believe I missed it and also shame on the Oscars for snobbing Francesco Rosi. One of my ultimate favourite. Damn.

— Cecilia Frugiuele (@CFparkville) February 23, 2015

08.55 How did Neil Patrick Harris's jokes rank on Rupert Hawksley's pun-ometer? The host's Oscar gags - including that excellent Reese Witherspoon line - are >rated right here.

08.44 Does Birdman's victory mean Hollywood is sick of superhero movies? >This piece in the Hollywood Reporter

argues that the Academy's love for Michael Keaton's meta take-down of his Batman years amounts to the film industry "atoning" for the recent glut of gazillion-dollar grossing men in tights sagas. At Saturday night's Independent Spirit Awards, Nightcrawler screenwriter railed against "the tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry", and even Jack Black had a pop at them in his stage-storming opening number cameo. "All we get are superheroes," he rapped. "Superman. Spider-Man, Jediman. Batman, Sequelman, Prequelman..."

There are at least 10 superhero movies due for release in the next 18 months, many starring Oscar nominees; it's doubtful that any of them will be celebrated at parties like this, but they'll probably help pay for them.

08.14 The Oscar parties have begun, and singer-songwriter Sia has made an early bid for Look of the Night with this latest attempt to shield her face from the paparazzi's gaze. Ignoring the unusual headgear, fashion observers have been quick to point out that the Australian - who helped write the music for Annie - is very on-trend, with her beige cape and trousers. Full marks to her dashing husband Erik Anders Lang, too, who is clearly still amused by his wife's antics.


07.45 Nick Allen writes:

"It's been an extremely political Oscars with filmmakers using the opportunity to speak to a billion people to talk passionately about a variety of causes. Patricia Arquette campaigned for equal pay for women, Common and John Legend spoke movingly about civil rights, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu appealed on behalf of Mexican immigrants. The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore, who spoke movingly about gay rights, put it best backstage. He said: "This was my 45 seconds to go on television and say something, so I thought I might as well use it to say something meaningful."

07.30 No matter what you may have read, The Lego Movie did in fact win the Oscars. Let us count the ways:

-During the performance of Everything is Awsome, Will Arnett wore an actual Batman suit (Val Kilmer era).

-The Lonely Island were joined onstage by an Awesome Possum, which may or may not have been played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

-It featured the best/worst lurid polyester suits since Harry and Lloyd's get-up in the original Dumb & Dumber.

-And then there's this:

I mean come on. pic.twitter.com/tyKbak75Ql

— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) February 23, 2015

07.06 Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the Eddie Redmayne GIF to end all Eddie Redmayne GIFs.

06.57 More from Nick Allen back stage:

Quote of the night courtesy of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu:

"Fear is the condom of life. It doesn't allow you to enjoy anything."

06.36 Nick Allen reports that Eddie Redmayne is over the moon backstage.

"Eddie Redmayne cradled his Oscar and rocked it like a baby after getting back stage. He said he would be going to Cambridge to see the Hawkings when he gets back to the UK. He said: 'They've been so kind to us throughout the process. I'm one of those people who when they see a film I believe what I see on the screen. So there was a great responsibility to tell their story truthfully and authentically. Any excuse to go back to Cambridge, it's such a beautiful place.'

He added: "So many things terrified me about this film but when the stakes are that high it makes you work harder."

Talking about his acceptance speech he said: 'I was recovering from the excitement of seeing her (presenter Cate Blanchett) - then trying to deal with a frenzy of nerves and white noise. Then of course you forget everything. It was euphoria, certainly something I won't forget in a hurry.'

Redmayne was self deprecating about what the Oscar will mean for his Hollywood career.

He said: "Where do I go from here? Just keeping employment will keep me very happy. You either win or you lose, I was just delighted to be invited to the party."

06.10 The 2015 Oscars are finally over, a little later than usual - a fact not lost on our Chief Film Critic Robbie Collin:

This year's ceremony went on for so long, Ellar Coltrane is now 80 years old. #OscarFacts

— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) February 23, 2015

If you’re just catching up with who won what, here's a recap. It wasn't exactly the most surprising night, with most of the main categories going pretty much as expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice, JK Simmons grabbed Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, The Grand Budapest Hotel picked up pretty much every award related to art direction, and Selma got the single award everyone knew it would - Best Song, for Common and John Legend's Glory. And to the delight of the whole world - not just Britain - Eddie Redmayne took home a Best Actor statue for The Theory of Everything.

The biggest upset of the night was the winner of Battle of the Films Beginning with B - Birdman vs Boyhood. Richard Linklater's 12-year labour of love got exactly one award, Patricia Arquette's not entirely unexpected win for Best Supporting Actress (she also won the night with a rabble-rousing speech about gender equality in Hollywood). Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's one-take wonder Birdman, meanwhile, took home Best Director and Best Picture.



Patrick Smith summing up: "Well, that was a massive upset. As much as I love the unhinged Birdman, which soars above the rest in terms of technical prowess, I was expecting the heartfelt Boyhood, shot in sequence across 12 years, and 39 filming days, to win both Best Picture and Best Director. It would have been a fitting award for Linklater, a philosophical kind of film-maker whose movies always have a lovely, naturalistic feel to them. Dazed and Confused and the Before triptych, which he also directed, in particular, are gems. Thrilled for Grand Budapest Hotel, though, which won four awards. Julianne Moore, who’d been nominated four times in the past, was a welcome winner – her portrayal of a professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease is unflashy and affecting. Slightly disappointed to see Michael Keaton miss out for Birdman. As Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for once wearing a superhero's cape, now trying to reignite his career on Broadway, Keaton flits between bravado and vulnerability with tremendous panache."

05.23 Since we're handing out props, here's a prop for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for a whole load of great speeches (I reckon he wrote one and freestyled the rest); and here's another prop for Benedict Cumberbatch for drinking out of a hip flask; and here's another prop for all of you who stayed up to watch the Oscars. It's only, like, Monday morning anyway, you've got a whole week in the office to recover.

05.18 We've all had (literally) a minute to consider this year's Oscars winners and losers, so props to

Tim Robey for this astute insta-assessment.

"A crazy awards trajectory for the crazy, ingenious, naggingly hollow Birdman, which just took four Oscars – more than anyone expected, certainly when it was first unveiled. Will it stand the test of time better than Boyhood, which took one sole award for Best Supporting Actress? Only time can divulge that. At the moment, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for Richard Linklater, whose long-game ambitions haven't been very generously rewarded tonight."

05.11 Birdman in a nutshell. Key for the water cooler chat tomorrow.


Oscars And the winner of the Oscar for Best Film is


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu receives the Best Film Oscar for Birdman

"Maybe next year there'll be some immigration rules to the Academy - two Mexicans in a row is suspicious," director Alejandro G Inarritu quipped as he collected the Best Picture prize, referencing Alfonso Cuaron's best director win last year.

05.04 And it's the biggest award of the lot.

Here are the nominations for BEST FILM

American SniperBoyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything



Winner of the Best Actress award Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore said: "I read somewhere that winning an Oscar can lead to you living five years longer - if that's true, I'd like to thank the Academy as my husband is younger than me!"


Oscars And the winner of the Oscar for Best Actress is


"Alright, alright, alright," Matthew McConaughey should have said. Well deserved, Julianne.

04.55 And now for the Best Actress

Here are the nominations for BEST ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)

Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything)

Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Reese Witherspoon (Wild)


Eddie Redmayne, on picking up the Best Actor award, said: "I don't think I'm capable of articulating how I feel - I am fully aware I am a lucky, lucky man.

"This Oscar belongs to all those people around the world battling ALS," he said. "It belongs to one exceptional family - Stephen, Jane and the Hawking children - and I will be its custodian and I will look after him; I'll polish him and wait on him hand and foot."

He also described his Oscar as "a new fella coming to join our apartment".


Oscars And the winner of the Oscar for Best Actor is


04.48 Big awards now

Here are the nominations for BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, (Foxcatcher)

Bradley Cooper, (American Sniper)

Benedict Cumberbatch, (The Imitation Game)

Michael Keaton, (Birdman)

Eddie Redmayne, (The Theory of Everything)

04.45 This is a bit of a shock. The winner for Best Director has not gone to Richard Linklater but...

Oscars ...the winner of the Oscar for Best Director is


Alejandro G Inarritu, a surprise winner for Best Director, revealed that he’s he’s wearing Michael Keaton’s "tighy whities” in his acceptance speech. He also paid tribute to his fellow nominees. "For someone to win, someone has to lose - but true art, true individual expression cannot be compared. Our work, as always will be judged by time."


Here are the nominations for BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

04.35 The awards are coming thick and fast now. The Oscar for Best Screenplay is handed to...

Oscars And the winner of the Oscar for Best Screenplay is


Picking up his award, The Imitation Game's writer Graham Moore said: "Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look at these faces and I do - and that's the most unfair thing I've ever heard.

"So I want to use this moment to say this - when I was 16 I tried to kill myself because I felt like I didn't belong. Now I'm standing here, so I would like this moment to be for that person who feels weird or different. Stay weird and different and when you're up here, pass it along."

Tim Robey: "Imitation Game is a poor Adapted Screenplay choice. Whiplash should have got this. Graham Moore gave a sweet speech saying "Stay weird!", but the big problem with his script is that it's not nearly weird enough – it feels like the product of reading way too many screenwriting manuals. And it backs away from the really painful and private depths of Turing's story."


Here are the nominations for ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jason Hall (American Sniper)

Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)

Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything)

Paul Thomas Anderson (>Inherent Vice


Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

"I thought Birdman would be too deranged for the Academy's tastes, but it's been rewarded here. The film, which taps into the psyche of a washed-up actor beset by hubris and insecurities, now has a real chance of beating Boyhood to Best Picture."

04.31 And the Oscar for Original Screenplay goes to...

OscarsAnd the winner of the Oscar for Original Screenplay is


Accepting the Oscar, Birdman director Alejandro G Inarritu thanked his fellow scriptwriters Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr and Armando Bo as he picked up the award for best original screenplay. "Three years ago, I invited them to follow me in a crazy idea - and because they are crazy, they did it." He also pays his dues to Michael Keaton, who “made this film fly”.


Here are the nominations for ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Foxcatcher (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and Bennett Miller Screenplay)

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)


OscarsAnd the winner of the Oscar for Original Score is



Here are the nominations for ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Mr Turner

The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game

04.19 Is nothing sacred?

Am I hallucinating? Lady Gaga, would Julie Andrews wear a dress made of meat?

04.13 Oh Lord, help us. Lady Gaga is about to sing something from The Sound of Music. Standby for despairing commentary.


OscarsAnd the Oscar for Original Song goes to


Patrick Smith on Glory: "Glory, written by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn and performed by John Legend, will be considered something of a consolation prize for Selma, which is very, very unlikely to topple either Boyhood or Birdman in the Best Picture category."

04.05 John Travolta being very funny as he presents the Original Song Oscar after the Idina Menzel fiasco last year ("You do it," he says to Idina Menzel, as he opens the envelope).

Here are the nominations for ORIGINAL SONG

Everything is Awesome (The Lego Movie)

Glory (Selma)

Grateful (Beyond the Lights)

I'm not Gonna Miss You (Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me)

Lost Stars (Begin Again)

04.02 One of the Neil Patrick Harris’s best jokes tonight, this. “Benedict Cumberbatch is... the name you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce ‘Ben Affleck’”, he says, referring to Travolta’s shocker last year when he mispronounced Idina Menzel's name.

04.00 John Legend and Common take to the stage now to perform the Oscar-nominated song Glory, which is from Selma.


Nick Allen reports from back stage:

"More powerful stuff from Patricia Arquette back stage. She said: 'It's time for us, it's time tor women. Equal means equal. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are female headed household.It's incredible. We go round the world and talk about equal rights. But we don't have equal rights. When they wrote the Constitution they didn't intend it for us. So even though we feel we have equal rights in America there are huge issues under the surface.'"

03.57 Why was Joan Rivers, who appeared in dozens of films, snubbed in the In Memoriam section?

03.55 After Edward Snowden film CitizenFour wins, Neil Patrick Harris jokes: "Edward Snowden can't be here tonight for some treason."

03.53 Just poured champagne prosecco in my ear and tried to drink my earphone #oscarsanecdote

03.51 And the Oscar for Documentary Feature goes to...

OscarsCitizenFour, Praxis Films


Here are the nominations for DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

CitizenFour, Praxis Films

Finding Vivian Maier, Ravine Pictures

The Salt of the Earth, Decia Films

Virunga, Grain Media

Last Days in Vietnam

03.50 Just joining us? Firstly, where have you been? And secondly, this is what you've missed, courtesy of

Patrick Smith.

"So far, so predictable. JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette were shoo-ins from the moment the nominations were announced last month. Arquette, a richly deserving winner for Boyhood, a film as much a meditation on motherhood as it is a portrait of a young boy growing up, provided the night’s first impassioned political speech, in which she called for equal pay for women. Elsewhere, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, going into tonight with nine nominations, is faring well: three awards at this point. Birdman winning for Best Cinematography was always a likely outcome: spectacular to look at, the film is woven together so carefully it appears to unfold in one continuous take. It's the second consecutive Oscar for Emmanuel Lubezki, who won the same award for Gravity last year. Two wins for Gravity (for Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing) are well deserved, too."

03.30 Meanwhile, Lego director Chris Miller has tweeted this:

I can neither confirm or deny the rumor it was Benedict Cumberbatch hidden inside the Awesome Possum costume. #Oscars #EverythingIsAwesome

— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) February 23, 2015

03.45 And the Oscar for Film Editing goes to...



Here are the nominations for FILM EDITING

American Sniper


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


And a picture of those presenting the award:

03.41 Kat Brown on a moving section of the night. Puts all sorts of things in perspective.

"A quietly emotional introduction from Meryl Streep introduced this year’s “old friends”: the cast and crew of Hollywood who died in the last year. James Rebhorn, Maya Angelou, James Garner, Anita Ekberg and Robin Williams were among those marked by the montage, which was greeted by sparse applause, with most of the audience keen to remain quiet and think. Watercoloured pictures of key roles showed each person in their prime: not their youth necessarily, but a moment that showed their spark. It was beautifully done. As ever, it is difficult work, and this year the Academy really pulled it off. Notably, it also included Bob Hoskins which the British Academy did not, having already included them in their television awards – although it was widely agreed that they could, and should, have featured him twice. Hoskins was followed by the director Mike Nichols in the final post, with Jennifer Hudson singing a farewell ballad. Given what she has experienced in her own life, she was sadly the perfect person to sing."


The #Oscars shows class where BAFTAs did not, and remember Bob Hoskins in the In Memoriam segment.

— Scott Jordan Harris (@ScottFilmCritic) February 23, 2015

03.31 God, this is going to be tragic. Meryl Streep absolutely the right person to pay tribute to those we lost over the last year.

03.29 Tim Robey doesn't entirely approve of the Cinematography Oscar winner:

"Cinematography a solid category. Great work from all but Deakins, who is the constant Oscar bridesmaid here but couldn't fix Unbroken. I'd have preferred Dick Pope for Mr Turner, especially as Lubezki won last year for Gravity."

03.25 And the Oscar for Cinematography goes to...

OscarsEmmanuel Lubezki, (Birdman)


Here are the nominations for CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki, (Birdman)

Dick Pope, (Mr Turner)

Robert D Yeoman, (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, (Ida)

Roger Deakins, (Unbroken)

03.22 And the Oscar for Production Design goes to...

OscarsThe Grand Budapest Hotel


Here are the nominations for PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


Into The Woods

Mr Turner

03.18 The Sky Movies panel putting the boot into Neil Patrick Harris's performance. I'd say he's been fine but is 'fine' enough for the biggest night in the film calendar? Rhetorical question.

03.15 Enjoy which films advertise during the Oscars ceremony. The Wedding Ringer, for example... I imagine the film poster will read: "Featured on TV at some point during the Oscars ceremony."

03.11 And The Rock (almost) says the Oscar for Animated Feature Film goes to...

OscarsBig Hero 6


Here are the nominations ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6

The Box Trolls

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

03.08 And the Oscar for Animated Short Film goes to...


03.07 Stay with me...

Here are the nominations for ANIMATED SHORT FILM

The Bigger Picture

The Dam Keeper


Me and my Moulten

A Single Life

03.04 And the Oscar for Visual Effects goes to...


03.03 Nom-in-ations (it's a visual effect).

Here are the nominations for VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America

The Winter Soldier

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy



03.00 And what a speech, in which she shouts out for equal rights and wage equality for women: "Every woman who gave birth, paid their taxes... we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality". Arquette and Streep, big up to yourselves. I just know I'll regret writing that when the sun rises. I predict something like this: Update: this article was amended to get rid of Rupert Hawksley's ridiculous comment etc etc.

I think Meryl Streep approves #YES #Oscars https://t.co/UMiGRMreEW

— Lizzuendo (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) February 23, 2015

02.55 Patrick Smith wrote this very quickly about Patricia Arquette.

"While Ethan Hawke is excellent in Boyhood, it's Arquette who is the standout performer: by wearing little to no makeup, she allows the trials of motherhood and getting older to gradually surface across her face. It’s a selfless and gutsy performance. Oh, and that line, 'I thought there would be more' really is something special. You're so cool, Patricia."

02.54 And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress goes to...

OscarsPatricia Arquette (Boyhood)

02.53 It's a biggie.

Here are the nominations for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

Emma Stone (Birdman)

Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)

Laura Dern (Wild)

02.50 And the Oscar for Sound Editing (very different from Sound Mixing btw) goes to...

OscarsAmerican Sniper

Picking up the Oscar for best sound mixing, the Whiplash team thanked director and writer Damien Chazelle: "You showed us the meaning of leadership under which a creative collaboration blossomed."


Here are the nominations for SOUND EDITING

American Sniper


The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies



02.47 And the Oscar for Sound Mixing goes to...


Accepting the award for Best Sound Editing, The American Sniper sound team thanked director Clint Eastwood: "It's an honour and a privilege to work you, you are the best."


Here are the nominations for SOUND MIXING

American Sniper





02.46 *Generic Chris Evans Radio 2 joke*

02.45 Just a thought, but I reckon you'd have a great time with Miles Teller and Margot Robbie in the pub.

02.44 Does anyone remember Alex Zane in Channel 4's Balls of Steel? You know, the one Mark Dolan presented? #talent

02.34 Anyone for more Lego Movie stuff? Yeah, I reckon so. Here's

Kat Brown who, brick by brick, has... er... (sorry, my joke ran out). As I was saying, here are the words:

"Well that was just lovely. And crikey, you can see why Tegan and Sara dressed in black because it was the only way for them to stand out. That was the most wonderfully multicoloured sequence I've seen at the Oscars in years - and above all, it was fun! Proper letting-your-hair-down fun tends to get a bit lost at the Academy Awards, so seeing Steve Carell and Oprah being handed Lego Oscar statuettes by brightly-coloured cowboys was a proper treat. My heartbeat may never slow back down. I will now have to consume three tins of Red Bull to even it out."

02.29 And the Oscar goes to...

OscarsCrisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1


Here are the nominations for DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1


Our Curse

The Reaper

White Earth

02.27 So much to say about this film, so little time. On another occasion, I'll totally give you my thoughts on the Live Action Short Film winner.

02.23 And the Oscar for Live Action Short Film goes to...

OscarsThe Phone Call

02.25 More nominations

Here are the nominations for LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM


Boogaloo and Graham

Butter Lamp


The Phone Call

02.24 Everything is awful: >our thoughts on the Lego Movie snub


02.19 "I literally have no idea who that man is but good for him."

Kat Brown sums up the Everything is Awesome performance perfectly.

02.17 Few thoughts on the early proceedings from

Patrick Smith:

"Two Oscars for Grand Budapest Hotel so far – and well deserved they are too. The costumes in this rollicking caper are as chic as Wes Anderson's vision.

Tim Robey is predicting the film will win the overall tally, hands down. At least two or three more. Production design, original screenplay and maybe score."

02.14 Oh, and Neil, Chiwetel Ejiofor is pronounced CHOO-wet-el EDGE-ee-o-for.

02.12 Why, oh why, do they cut people's speeches off? Big up to Paweł Pawlikowski for carrying on. Heartfelt and brilliant speech.

02.10 And the Oscar for Foreign Language Film goes to...

OscarsIda (resounding cheers in the office).

"It was always going to be a close fight between Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida and Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, but the former clinched it. The film, which is shot in gorgeous black and white, offers a bleak but spellbrinding glimpse at Poland's turbulent past. Incidentally, it's the first black-and-white film to win Best Foreign-Language since in 1967 (Closely Watched Trains in case you're wondering)."


Here are the nominations for FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Timbuktu (Mauritania)

Wild Tales (Argentina)

Tangerines (Estonia)

02.05 So, what do we think? Neil Patrick Harris seems well up to the job and The Grand Budapest Hotel has got off to a fine start. I, for one, am satisfied.

02.02 And the winner of the Oscar for Make-up and Hairstyling is...

OscarsThe Grand Budapest Hotel (that's two for Wes Anderson's film).

Nice tribute to Wes Anderson from Frances Hannon: "This [Oscar] is you, this I shall share with you, you've been a great inspiration... you inspire us, all of us... if it wasn't for you there would be no movie."

02.01 Next Oscar, no respite.

Here are the nominations for MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians of the Galaxy

01.57 The Achievement in Costume Design, presented by Jennifer Lopez and Chris Pine, goes to...

OscarsGrand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)


Here are the nominations for COSTUME DESIGN

Milena Canonero, (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Mark Bridges, (Inherent Vice)

Colleen Atwood, (Into The Woods)

Anna B. Sheppard, (Maleficent)

Jacqueline Durran, (Mr Turner)

01.50 Here are our film critic

Tim Robey's thoughts on Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black's performance, as well as Maroon Number 5's Adam Levine.

"When Jack Black is the best thing in your musical number, something may have gone wrong? Magic of Hollywood reduced to cheese of Broadway. Meanwhile, 'Lost Stars' is a great song that Adam Levine both deserves credit for and comes within an inch of destroying every time he sings it."


Patrick Smith reacts to the first Oscar of the night:

"Lupita Nyong'o, who was nominated for Best Actress last year for 12 Years a Slave, presents the gong for Best Supporting Actor to JK Simmons. No one’s surprised; he was the favourite all along. His performance, as the sadistic conductor in the exhilarating jazz drum drama, is brilliant: he seizes and devours his lines with ferocious zeal. 'Thank you to the Academy,' he says. 'I am grateful everyday for the most remarkable person I know: my wife. I’m grateful for your sacrifice and your patience.'"

01.45 Here's our >five star review of Whiplash


01.43 And the actor goes to first Oscar of the night goes to...

OscarsJK Simmons (Whiplash)

01.41 Gosh, they don't hang about do they? Here we go, first award. And here are the nominations:

Here are the nominations for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall (The Judge)

Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)

Edward Norton (Birdman)

Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)

JK Simmons (Whiplash)

01.36 Good old Benedict, what a cad, right?

01.34 Spontaneous Anna Kendrick-inspired round of applause in the office for her singing.

01.32 I feel nervous for Neil Patrick Harris. Great gag to start with, though: "Tonight we honour film's whitest, I mean brightest..." Just a thought on the matter: AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) members are 94% white, 77% male and 86% over 50. As I said, just a thought.

Here's a bit of info about your host for the night (as if you don't know who he is): How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who is tonight’s host, has presented many awards shows over the years – the Emmys, the Spike Video Game Awards, the World Magic Awards – but has proven himself truly Oscar-worthy with his expert stewardship of the Tonys. He's performed West Side Story medleys re-written to include winners’ names, danced with Mike Tyson, sung with hair metal bands, and expertly walks the line between mickey-taking and affection.


Patrick Smith saying things about cinema I don't fully understand. Well worth a read none the less.

"From Alejandro González Iñárritu's subversive showbiz satire Birdman and Richard Linklater's bold coming-of-age drama Boyhood, to Wes Anderson's giddy caper Grand Budapest Hotel and Damien Chazelle's pulsating jazz thriller Whiplash, it really has been a marvellous year for cinema. Consider the fact that the fiercely topical, viscerally intense Selma, starring a brilliant David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, only managed to pick up two nominations. Yes it certainly deserves more. But, then, it's also testament to how strong the field is this year. Let's just hope American Sniper doesn't win Best Picture."

01.25 FIVE MINUTE WARNING. Go and get your drinks.

01.23 More from

Nick Allen on the red carpet.

"British best actress nominee Felicity Jones described the moment she learned she had been nominated. She said: 'I was in bed and I just yelled and just moved out of bed.' Describing the Oscars experience she said: 'It's quite nerve wracking and obviously you're nervous, but if you're too nervous you miss the whole thing. I'm with my family so I'm enjoying it.'"

01.21 Reese Witherspoon has shown her support for #askhermore. Thanks to her over-the-shoulder Tom Ford dress, she has just been voted best dressed on the red carpet by the panel in Sky Movies studio. An emoji would probably express the irony of this well but I don't know how they work.

01.18 Good hugging, this.

Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston share a fierce hug on the #Oscars red carpet. pic.twitter.com/TrF1eJm44n

— Variety (@Variety) February 23, 2015


Olivia Bergin expected a bit more razzle dazzle from Cate Blanchett, who so reliably delivers. She has an interesting theory though...

"As last year's winner – and wasn't her

acceptance dress an £11 million marvel – she's letting this year's nominees grab all the headlines. Nice work, Cate."


Nick Allen, our man in LA, is certainly keeping himself busy. He's just spoken to Michael Keaton – nominated for Best Actor for Birdman – who said said he was going to "go to a few parties" if he wins. He urged anyone around the world to see Birdman. "It's a ride, it's a cinematic ride."

01.00 Benedict Cumberbatch, up for an Oscar for The Imitation Game, said on the red carpet: "To be here is a fantastic honour. I’m so proud to play a hero much wronged. To honour [Alan Turing] with a film is a great privilege.”

00.58 Right, it's predictions time. Here are the heavyweight opinions to be totally ignored that really matter. Do please send us your thoughts, we could learn a lot (rupert.hawksley@telegraph.co.uk)

Kat Brown

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne

Best Actress: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Best Director: Richard Linklater

Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper

Best Documentary: Finding Vivien Maier

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

Rupert Hawksley

Best Picture: American Sniper

Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch

Best Actress: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay: Damien Chazelle

Best Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

Patrick Smith

Best Picture: Boyhood

Best Director: Richard Linklater

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne

Best Actress: Julianne Moore

Best Supporting Actor: JK Simmons

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Best Original Screenplay: Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper

Best Documentary: CitizenFour

Best Foreign Language Film: Ida

00.48 Nick Allen has been speaking to British best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne on the red carpet. Wait, and he didn't mention the weather once?

"Eddie Redmayne received a long hug from Cate Blanchett. Afterwards he said: 'I'm mildly terrified but this is a great, great privilege.' Redmayne said he had found it unusually difficult to let go of the character of Stephen Hawking. 'Normally I'm quite good at hopping from job to job but this one felt so important to get it right. Afterwards I didn't work, I took a year.'"

00.46 Just in case you thought that working in the office on Oscars night wasn't glamorous.


Melanie Griffith and her daughter now arguing on live TV. The most real moment tonight.

— janewells (@janewells) February 23, 2015

00.37 Red carpet round-up from Olivia Bergin:

"So who hit a high note and who made a real boob this evening? As much as people love to mock her lifestyle tips, there’s no denying that Gwyneth Paltrow pulled out her best card and breezed through to be one of the best-dressed of the evening – in a London-based label (Ralph & Russo) at that. Cate Blanchett taught us how to style a statement necklace while Scarlett Johansson showed how definitely not to. It's neck-and-neck along with Marion Cotillard. Elsewhere, Keira Knightley could go and trademark this ethereal nymph look she’s been rocking of late and Rosamund Pike – welcome back to the fashion fold, how we’ve missed you! We’re off now but not before sending poor Felicity Jones’s stylist an email and reminding her that her client is not a giant…"

00.36 Got to hand it to Eddie Redmayne. At the Oscars, on the red carpet, what do you want to talk about? The weather, mostly. Tea, scones and a "God, it's cold, isn't it?" await you on your return to Britain.

00.26 Olivia Bergin is hooked by Pike on the red carpet. Yes, that is an angling joke on Oscars night: "Just let out a sigh of audible relief at seeing this picture of Rosamund Pike; after her unfortunate style boob at the Golden Globes the Best Actress nominee has more than redeemed herself by literally playing on her English Rose qualities in a rose-esque, custom-made gown by Givenchy."

00.21 The award for 'Best answer to worst red carpet question' goes to... Ansel Elgort. "What brings you here tonight?" Elgort was asked. "What brings me here?" the actor replied. "I'm presenting an award."

00.15 Water problems on the red carpet.

Nick Allen explains: "There's a problem on the red carpet. The rain is coming down hard and it's gathering in the overhead tarpaulins. A team of dinner suited men have been sent in to the carpet with long poles. They're pushing up the bulging tarps and trying to push the water out before it bursts on all those very expensive dresses below."

Keeping the water off the red carpet pic.twitter.com/3NcNVjwXXH

— nick allen (@nickallen789) February 23, 2015

00.10 Turns out that Felicity Jones's dress is not, in fact, everything. Film writer Fashion expert

Patrick Smith explains: "Felicity Jones, dressed in an Alexander McQueen gown designed by Sarah Burton, says she’s less concerned about winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Theory of Everything than making sure she doesn’t “fall over".

00.05 Well, this is a turn up for the books.

Patrick Smith (dressed in trainers and jeans) talks fashion. Results as spectacular as the dress.

"Wearing a spectacular white Christian Dior dress, Marion Cotillard has arrived at the ceremony. She’s nominated for Best Actress for the Dardenne brothers' humane drama Tow Days, One Night. And rightly so – her turn as a depressed woman-of-two whose job at a solar panel factory hangs in the balance is nuanced and gut-wrenching to watch. She admits that she’d like to do lighter films, though. “I wish I could find myself into more comedies,” she tells the reporter on the red carpet."

And our fashion correspondent

Olivia Bergin agrees that Cotillard looks spectacular: "If awards were handed out on style alone, then we'd like to present French actress Marion Cotillard with the You Look Absolutely Wonderful statuette. Not everyone can get away with something so directional, but Cotillard and this beautiful Dior confection, with a cinched section at the rear, was a match made in red carpet heaven."

00.01 "Your dress is everything," says the red carpet interviewer to Felicity Jones. It's one minute past midnight and I'm confused.

23.59 Olivia Bergin poses a question none of us will ever have to answer: "You're 20 years old, have found yourself starring in one of the year's most acclaimed films and find yourself invited to your first Oscars ceremony, what on earth do you wear? For Lorelei Linklater, daughter of Boyhood director Richard and star of that film, you wear what you couldn't have gotten away with wearing to prom and leg it out of the door before your father sees you..."

23.52 Just in case you didn't love Steve Carell enough already, it turns out that he's wearing HeForShe cufflinks (co-designed by Monique Péan and Emma Watson) tonight. Bravo, sir!

23.49 US correspondent

Nick Allen with the inside track:

"Security at this year's ceremony is massive. Cars arriving up Highland Avenue south of the Dolby Theater encountered three checkpoints staffed by dozens of armed police officers."


Patrick Smith hails Richard Linklater, the director of Boyhood, which is nominated for everything tonight.

"Richard Linklater, nominated for his 12-years-in-the-making drama Boyhood, has arrived on the red carpet. Asked what winning an Oscar would mean to him, the director seemed fairly nonchalant. “I haven’t really thought about it that much.” His film, which chronicles the journey from boyhood to adolescence of Mason Jnr, played by Ellar Coltrane, is an astonishing feat of cinema, embracing the mundanities of life just as much as the milestones. Not going to lie – I’d be pretty upset if he lost out tonight." But no views on his red carpet dinner jacket, Patrick?

23.41 Margot Robbie on her quite amazing necklace: "I keep checking that it's still there."

And here's

Olivia Bergin on why Margot Robbie is quite so stressed about losing her necklace tonight: "A bit of trivia on the Australian actress's rather eye-catching necklace... meant to look and function like a zip, it was created by Van Cleef & Arpels in the late 1930s upon a commission by the Duchess of Windsor. We're surprised that Robbie hasn't got a bodyguard glued to her left leg..."

23.36 Andy Samberg, the hilarious star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is attending his first Oscars tonight. And he'll be performing too, along with his Saturday Night Live co-stars Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Asked about his preparations for the night, he joked: "It’s like losing your virginity – you’ve got to goof it."

23.34 Controversy!

Kat Brown nails it: "E!'s manicam (camera showing off the talent's nails, for the uninitiated, and yes it was a real thing) isn't on the red carpet this year, perhaps as part of the #AskHerMore social media campaign we mentioned earlier. One person to flag this up was Patricia Arquette, while speaking about her new charity to red carpet host Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest in turn has been doing a good job of focusing on the actresses' roles rather than their dresses. The designer PRs must be livid.

"It's pretty funny, there's this silly mani-cam business going on and I was supposed to get a manicure this morning," Arquette said. "But instead I was working on launching this Chideo site for an experience where you can enter a sweepstakes and go with me on a global mission with one of our projects with GiveLove.org where we do ecological sanitation work in the neediest communities around the world."

23.30 Make no mistake, I've got plenty more dresses up my sleeve but here's an Oscars stat because, well, Faith Hill's on the red carpet at the moment. In 86 previous Oscars ceremonies, 23 per cent of Best Actor winners have been British. Good luck, chaps.

23.20 Spot the difference.

TV star Shaun Robinson

23.15 And here's a more informed view on Anna Kendrick's dress (see below) from Olivia: "Anna Kendrick doesn't look convinced, but we're enjoying her peachy Thakoon gown and co-ordinating bling."

23.11 Our fashion correspondent,

Olivia Bergin, is full of compliments for Patricia Arquette's outfit. You know? The one I ignored a minute or so ago in favour of a cameraman's cap.

Olivia says: "Patricia Arquette is one of the first big names on the red carpet and she’s opted for a simple, monochrome gown (by Rosetta Getty) that’s ever so playful thanks to its asymmetric neckline. We like this – it’s hitting the red carpet nail on the head perfectly."

23.03 Anna Kendrick is one of the first to arrive on the red carpet, possibly to give her time to prepare for her performance later in the evening. Or possibly to give all of us time to marvel at her wondrous outfit.

22.58 By the way, if you want to watch all the celebrities arriving (rather than focus on a cameraman's cap), then

here's the place to do it.

22.56 A lot of people are talking about Patricia Arquette on the red carpet (she's wearing white, I think) but I prefer the cameraman in the cap (bottom right). Oscars or not, he knows what he likes and he likes what he knows.

22.43 And the red carpet is off!

#AskHerMore, the social media campaign started by Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website pushing for red carpet interviews to ask female talent about more than "who she's wearing", has taken on a life of its own, and it seems that people are paying attention.

Speaking to How to Train Your Dragon 2's America Ferrera, Ryan Seacrest made only a passing mention of her outfit while talking about her work - this has gone down unsurprisingly well online. As Lena Dunham tweets: "Ask her about the causes she supports, not her support garments".

22.35 The red carpet is so close I can almost smell it. Wait, no, Patrick's opened the first sandwich of the evening. Cheese, ham and pickle.

If you haven't had the pleasure, Gawker have done a >brilliant piece

on the nominees' embarrassing early roles, and - rather wonderfully - it turns out that Steven Spielberg has been

thanked in Oscars speeches more than God.



film critic Tim Robey has a tenner riding on a shock Bradley Cooper upset tonight (and he'd win £500-odd if it happens, in which case we'll have a bottle of Veuve, thanks in advance.)

"Third nom in a row, film-saving performance, and they will want to give American Sniper something (beyond the likely sound awards). It's been such an enormous commercial success. That said, I think Eddie probably has it in the bag. And he's great."

22.05 Over on Twitter, the official Oscars account is warming everyone up in the time honoured fashion of a̶ ̶l̶a̶r̶g̶e̶ ̶g̶i̶n̶ parlour games.


has got some glorious ones: "I am just picturing everyone naked", "I needed a new door stop" and "I'd like to thank my cat".

21.58 The snacks are out chez Telegraph Film. And wow, I didn't know they even still made Go Ahead products. #healthy

I cannot believe that Channing Tatum could possibly top

this photograph tonight, but I'm willing to suspend the belief because that photo would be incredible.

Yesterday's rehearsals. Can't wait to join this talented crew on the #Oscars stage tonight! #TeamOscar #TheAcademy pic.twitter.com/UUX8hZmIad

— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) February 22, 2015

21.40 To get us all in the mood for the red carpet,

here's Chris Evans in a cardigan.

Please, someone, come wearing a cardigan. Thank you.

#Regram from @ewphotodept | File Under: Jobs We Wish We Had. Mic adjuster for Chris Evans. The "Captain America" actor lifts Oscar Statuettes as weights (kidding!) as he rehearses for tonight's performance. Photograph by @aspictures for @entertainmentweekly. #chrisevans #captainamerica #oscars #theacademyawards #academyawards #entertainmentweekly

A photo posted by Entertainment Weekly (@entertainmentweekly) on

21.25 >A Birdman action figure

! In the words of Amy Poehler, "Yes please."

Sesame Street, the ageless children's TV programme that has carved out an adorable pastiche niche in recent years, has also done a terrific parody video for the Oscars. In >Big Birdman,

Caroll Spinney (the Muppeteer who has played Big Bird for over 40 years), takes on Keaton's role and is haunted by his character. Almost inevitably delightful.

21.17 If you haven't had the pleasure of magician/social media superstar Zach King's incredible Vines,

his 2014 best of video is a wonder.

Unsurprisingly the Academy leapt on his brand of magic and

he's done an excellent red carpet Vine. If you, like me, failed to master so much as a Paul Daniels children's magic kit at school, this really does take the breath away.

Now @FinalCutKing knows which side of the bed to wake up on. https://t.co/JeQ193b0K9 #Oscars #OscarsCreators

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 22, 2015



Martin Chilton, Online Culture Editor: "So which nominated films are still doing well at the American box office? Only two were in the top 10. Best placed was American Sniper, which was sixth after taking £6.3million in ticket sales over the weekend. American Sniper, which has taken £208m in total, has six Oscars nominations including a best actor nod for Bradley Cooper in the title role. The other Oscars representative was Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game, which was in ninth place. The film they couldn't beat though, and the top performer, was Fifty Shades of Grey, which took £15m over the weekend."

20.53 Benedict Cumberbatch's Oscar-nominated portrayal of Alan Turing has brought the pioneering scientist's story to a wide audience. Whatever happens with Cumberbatch and his nomination for The Imitation Game, Turing's name will be in the news tomorrow when the family of the codebreaker will visit Downing Street tomorrow to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man, was chemically castrated, and two years later died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide. He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 and campaigners want the Government to pardon all the men convicted under the outdated law. Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, will hand over the

petition, which attracted almost half-a-million signatures on the website Change.org, to No 10 Downing Street.

20.47 Champagne is an excellent cure for the weather-induced doldrums, but given barely anyone in Hollywood seems to drink anymore, here are 30 great songs about rain. You're welcome, soggy Hollywoodians!

20.40 "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed." This and basically any line from Singin' in the Rain are polar opposite to what the poor, stunned sun daisies of LA are thinking about the fact it's raining. The technical term is "gutted".

"It is all anyone in L.A. can talk about because they don't see a lot of rain," People magazine's Jess Cagle

said yesterday. Basically, this rain scenario is equivalent to a damp War of the Worlds, but worse because HG Wells didn't mention an alien invasion happening on Oscars night.

An Oscar statuette is covered up. It's not quite as easy to do this to the talent. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

20.17 Here's a film that deserves an Oscar, Ida, a brilliant foreign language film set in 1960s Poland. Our own Tim Robey >interviewed Ida's Polish-British director Paweł Pawlikowski


Agata Trzebuchowska in 'Ida'

7.55pm And now for some famous people posing at the pre-Oscars parties:

Rosamund Pike, looking floral

Keira Knightley elegantly dressed in a jellyfish + bystander

7.48pm Can the Oscars be rained off? Looking at this tweet from Kent Brockman's alma mater, Eyewitness News, the Academy have taken preventative measures against the bad weather:

WATCH #LIVE: Rain tents are up & final preps are underway! Check out #Oscars red carpet action http://t.co/mqzngGEKQP pic.twitter.com/l3LkzyCq4r

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 22, 2015

7.30pm Bradley Cooper, somewhat surprisingly in our opinion, is nominated for Best Actor for the third year in row, this time for American Sniper. Robbie Collin has written a rather brilliant >profile of Bradley Cooper

, revealing why he's fast becoming "America's leading man".

7.02pm One of the joys of this pre-Oscars week has been watching Telegraph Film Critic >Robbie Collin completely lose his mind

on Twitter over the results of the >Hollywood Reporter's Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots


This anonymous survey of why Academy members vote the way they vote has been revealing, to say the least, and more than a little depressing for those - like Robbie - who take cinema seriously. But it's also been very funny. Here are some highlights:

On the Selma snub: "Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance - they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they're not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies."

On JK Simmons in Whiplash: "The funny thing about Whiplash is that while the rest of the world thinks that the J.K. Simmons character is an overbearing, horrible monster, there are many people in Hollywood who would model themselves on that character."

On Inherent Vice: "I put in the Inherent Vice screener, and it became apparent that it's a terrible, incoherent movie, so I turned it off."

On Whiplash: "Whiplash is offensive - it’s a film about abuse and I don’t find that entertaining at all. My kid would have told me if he had an abusive teacher. I would have sat in on the class, talked to other kids in the class and then said, “This asshole has to go.”'

On Inherent Vice (again): "Inherent Vice I thought was a disaster, an embarrassment almost. I don't know, I was just so disappointed because [writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson] is one of my favorite filmmakers and it just felt lazy, incoherent and a waste of such talent and money."

On The Lego Movie and Everything is Awesome: "I thought The Lego Movie [in which "Everything Is Awesome" is featured] was horrible. It was whack and I just did not like it at all - I mean, I couldn't even get through the film."

On voting for Best Sound Editing: "I have absolutely no idea what the difference is between this and sound mixing. [laughs] I vote for the movie that I like."

On The Imitation Game: "The Imitation Game was powerful. I mean, Cumberbuck [Benedict Cumberbatch] — I don't know how to say his name — like all of these guys, deserves an Oscar. I really liked the movie."

On voting for Leviathan for Best Foreign Language Film: "I didn't get around to seeing any of them. You want the truth? I shouldn't have voted, but I did. This is bad, but here's the power of advertising: everywhere I looked, I saw pictures of this stupid carcass — whatever the f___ that was — and I thought, "That's a cool-looking thing." And I f___ing voted for a movie based on the dead whatever it was in the ad thinking that it looked cool.

And here's that vote-winning whale carcass in all its glory:

6.35pm Remember when Birdman's Michael Keaton turned down Ghostbusters? Our video team are here to refresh your memory:

(He also turned down $15 million to make a third Batman movie because "it sucked".)

6.15pm Preparations are now well underway at the Dolby Theatre. Here's the hair-saving, rain-proof tent in all its glory:


6pm William Hill are offering 5/1 odds that Jennifer Lawrence will trip on the red carpet tonight for the third year in a row. But they also have some more sensible Oscar odds, and it's good news for all you Redmayniancs. (Is that a thing? It is now.)

- Best Picture: 8/13 Birdman; 5/4 Boyhood; 25/1 American Sniper; 40/1 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 40/1 The Imitation Game; 50/1 The Theory of Everything; 100/1 Whiplash; 125/1 Selma

- Best Actor: 1/4 Eddie Redmayne; 11/4 Michael Keaton; 16/1 Bradley Cooper; 40/1 Benedict Cumberbatch; 100/1 Steve Carell

- Best Actress: 1/50 Julianne Moore; 16/1 Reese Witherspoon; 25/1 Rosamund Pike; 40/1 Felicity Jones; 50/1 Marion Cotillard

- Best Director: 8/13 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; 6/5 Richard Linklater; 40/1 Wes Anderson; 40/1 Bennett Miller; 66/1 Morten Tyldum

- Best Supporting Actor: 1/50 JK Simmons; 14/1 Edward Norton; 20/1 Mark Ruffalo; 40/1 Ethan Hawke; 50/1 Robert Duvall

- Best Supporting Actress: 1/66 Patricia Arquette; 25/1 Emma Stone; 33/1 Keira Knightley; 33/1 Laura Dern; 40/1 Meryl Streep

5.50pm Some pre-Oscars facts:

-Supporting Actress favourite >Patricia Arquette

lost money making Boyhood. She says she spent more on hiring dog walkers and babysitters than she was paid for the entire 12-year shoot.

-The makers of >Birdman

hired a band of drummers to distract Times Square tourists during filming of >Michael Keaton’s

naked freak-out scene, so he wouldn’t get too mobbed. They also had to get permission from each each advertiser seen on billboards around the square.

-Over 100 special effects ‘stitches’ were used to make Birdman look as if it were shot in one take.

-Director Paul Thomas Anderson still has no idea if author >Thomas Pynchon

approves of his adaptation of the book Inherent Vice, even though it’s nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

-This year’s films could be the least-watched Oscars line-up in years. So far, the eight nominated films have taken just $605 million - a far cry from the $1 billion made by 2012’s crop. And most of that is thanks to American Sniper and The Imitation Game.

-Miuccia Prada designed the matching sets of luggage used in Wes Anderson's >The Grand Budapest Hotel

, lining them with mauve satin even though the insides aren’t seen. The were accompanied at all times on set by their own security guard


has more swearing than any other Best Picture nominee, with 91 F-bombs dropped (thank you, >Wall Street Journal

). Of course, this pales in comparison to The Wolf of Wall Street, which last year filled the Oscar swear jar with 506 F-bombs (plus much more besides).

-The first statuette presented tonight will be the 2,952nd presented since the first Oscars in 1929.

-Alan Turing’s original Enigma machine, which he called Christopher, cost £100,000. The copy built for >The Imitation Game

cost just £30,000 - possibly because it doesn't work. “The sum total of its mechanism was that its wheels turned in a sequence similar to the real thing,” explained production designer Maria Djurkovic. As for all those red cables, they were weaved together by interns.

-Richard Linklater made star Ethan Hawke promise to take over directing Boyhood if Linklater died before finishing it.

5.19pm For an alternative look at this year's >Best Picture

nominees, try these Pop Art-inspired posters commissioned by the photo agency Shutterstock.

(Odes Roberts)

(Kathy Cho)

(Bryant Nichols)

See the full collection, plus an explanation of what on earth is going on in that American Sniper poster, at the

Shutterstock website.

4.55pm One question seems to crop up in some corner of the internet every Oscar year: why are there no awards for stunt performers? After all, while the leading men are >cuddling plastic babies

the stunt actors can be found throwing themselves off buildings in order to make them look good. Yet the Academy barely acknowledges their existence.

As usual, Jason Statham hit the nail on the head in a recent interview with Vanity Fair: “These are the unsung heroes,” he said. “They’re risking their necks. Then you have some guy standing in front of a f_____g green screen screwing his face up pretending like he’s doing the stunt... ”

Luckily the stunt industry has its own Oscars, the >Taurus Awards

, where last year A Good Day to Die Hard won the Best Work with a Vehicle award for this sequence:

Highlights of the winning chase, wrote the judges, included “head on driving, multiple crashes, and 90, 180, and 360 degree spins... Chase ends with a Mercedes G Wagon doing a k-rail slide turnover and the MRAP doing a cannon roll, flying off a bridge and t-boning a big rig.” You have to admit, it does sound livelier than Best Editing.

4.35pm Never mind what Meryl and co will be wearing this evening - what will they be eating? Chef Wolfgang Puck, who you may know from his role as Chef Smurf in the 2011 film The Smurfs (also starring >Neil Patrick Harris

), has created a seemingly endless selection of tapas-style dishes, none of which seem especially personal trainer-friendly. Feast your eyes on the full menu:

Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone

Smoked Salmon Oscar Matzo

Assorted Pizzas

Lobster “BLT” with Bacon, Tomato, Chive Aioli, and Brioche

Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato

(Wolfgang Puck Catering)

Smoked Hominy Toasts, Avocado, Salsa Verde (above)

Crispy Artichokes, Citrus-Chili Gremolata

Beet Latkes, Pastrami Duck, Apple Mustard

Parsnip Chips, Caponata, Capers

Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese

Five-Year Aged Gouda and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Deviled Eggs with Spiced Crab

Roasted Nuts with Rosemary, Cayenne, Sea Salt, and Brown Sugar

Breadsticks and Seeded Lavash

Baked Potato with Caviar

Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles

Parsnip Soup with White Chocolate, Pears, Rosemary, and 24k Gold

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

(Wolfgang Puck Catering)

Mini American Wagyu Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade (above)

Crispy Potato Galette with Smoked Salmon and Caviar

Wagyu Shortrib, Hay-Smoked Kabocha Squash Puree

Celery Root Agnolotti, Black Winter Truffles

Dover Sole, Fennel, Chili, Orange Miso Vinaigrette

Lobster Salad with Artichokes, Asparagus, Fava Beans, Baby Beets, and Citrus Vinaigrette

Chinois Chicken Salad

Chilled Sweet Pea Soup with Black Truffles

Coffee Oscar Lollipops

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Mint Truffles

Strawberry Marshmallow Rocher

Vanilla Caramel

Nougat Gianduja

WP Artisanal Chocolate Truffles and Bon Bons

(Wolfgang Puck Catering)

Peanut Butter Strawberry Jelly Lollipop (above)

Truffle Coconut Macaron

Violet Crème Brûlée, Blackcurrant Jelly

Passion Fruit Pate de Fruits

Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Raspberry, Cherry

Bittersweet Chocolate Cupcake, Marshmallow Frosting

Assorted Chocolate Barks and Bars

White Chocolate Cream, Wild Strawberry Push Pops

Hollywood Chocolate Mousse, Citrus Crème Brûlée

Assorted Mini Cookies

Dark Chocolate Brownie

Mexican Spiced Chocolate Brownie, Earl Grey Ice Cream, Cocoa Crumbs

Apple Millefeuille with Brown Butter Sauce and Apple Cider Jelly

Tiny Vanilla Bean and Hot Fudge Sundae

Leftover food is donated to Los Angeles food banks, although whether or not they’ll want Robert Duvall's old devilled eggs is another matter.

4.05pm Our own Patrick Smith - in common with every other man, woman and child on earth - adores singer, actress and all-round ball of charm Anna Kendrick. So much so that he thinks >Kendrick's performance at tonight's Oscars may steal the show


3.45pm In order to help the public get a better understanding of the emotional rollercoaster that is being nominated for an Oscar, this year the Academy asked nominees to build a Spotify playlist by choosing a song that “describes how it feels to be nominated”. A couple - we’re looking at you, John Legend and Diane Warren - simply picked their own, two picked Pharrell's Happy, two more went for I Feel Good, while Keira Knightley, bless her, chose The Pointer Sisters’ I’m So Excited. So now you know. The full list

can be found on the Oscars website.

3.32pm Here's some news sure to cheer up rain-lashed Britain: the Oscar arrivals are going to get soaked too. Forecasts say there is a 60 per cent chance of rain in Los Angeles later this evening, meaning workers are currently installing a tent over the red carpet in order to protect Clint Eastwood's hair. Last year, the ceremony was hit by a freak storm as some guests were arriving. Which could explain this:

3.15pm If you’re among the millions who will never get over the >death of Robin Williams

, tonight’s In Memoriam section may well be the end of you. Steel yourself with our gallery of his >50 greatest quotes,

and with this clip of him winning an Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Hunting. Generous, funny, moving, and short: it could be the perfect Oscars speech.

2.50pm Commiserations to Nicolas Cage, who just lost out on a Golden Raspberry Award - the anti-Oscar - for his soul-shaking role in the Christian end-of-the-world thriller Left Behind. But congratulations to Razzie "winners" Cameron Diaz, Kirk Cameron and Kelsey Grammer. For a full list of the 2015 Razzies winners, plus Martin Chilton's heartfelt treatise on why Kelsey really doesn't deserve this, >see here


Now enjoy our list of the >20 Oscar winners the Razzies loved

- starring Nic Cage! - and this >highly entertaining account of the first ever Razzies winner

, the dire Laurence Olivier/Moonies collaboration Inchon!.

2.22pm What does tonight's host have planned? Hopefully, by now even non-fans of How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser, MD will be aware of >host Neil Patrick Harris

. But which of his many talents will he be using this evening? Here’s what we know so far:

- He’ll be singing a brand new song by Robert and Kristen Lopez, who won an Oscar last year for Frozen’s Let it Go.

- A few more performers will be joining him onstage, possibly for the new number and possibly for other songs throughout the show. They are: Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Jennifer Hudson.

- He claims to have prepared “nine or 10” jokes about the appearance of Ben Affleck’s penis in Gone Girl.

- He plans to use his skills as a magician at some point.

- He plans to somehow top >Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie from last year’s Oscars

, which was retweeted a record breaking 3.4 million times. Harris has 13.7 million Twitter followers, so it could just work.

- He promises to give >Fifty Shades of Grey

a “spanking”, and has even threatened to bring out a riding crop to get the job done.

- Despite the above, he promises that this year’s ceremony will be a “respectful, classy, appreciation of the year in film".

- And he’s taking no chances:

Looking over the preparations for the #Oscars set. After last night, we've installed a second layer of Kanye-proofing, just in case.

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) February 9, 2015

You can read our 2014 interview with the charming NPH - as he’s known to fans of the Harold & Kumar films - >right here


2.00pm Meet the king of the montage. NPR just published an illuminating piece on the >Oscars' Montage Master

, Chuck Workman, who perfected the art of condensing Best Picture epics into two-minute nuggets. He says making the perfect montage is like making fruit loaf: "You don't want to have too many raisins, too many nuts. But you wanna have plenty of raisins and plenty of nuts." (Shirley MacLaine is in the house this evening, so no worries there.)

Chuck hasn't worked on the Oscars for a couple of years now - not that he's at all bitter about it. "They'd rather have Ellen DeGeneres taking a selfie," he tells NPR. "What does that have to do with movies?"

1.40pm Here’s the full list of this year’s Oscar presenters:

Ben Affleck

Jennifer Aniston

Jason Bateman

Jessica Chastain

Viola Davis

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Idris Elba

Ansel Elgort

Chris Evans

Kevin Hart

Terrence Howard

Josh Hutcherson

Scarlett Johansson

Dakota Johnson

Felicity Jones

Nicole Kidman

Jennifer Lopez

Shirley MacLaine

Sienna Miller

Chloe Grace Moretz

Eddie Murphy

Liam Neeson

David Oyelowo

Gwyneth Paltrow

Chris Pine

Chris Pratt

Margot Robbie

Zoe Saldana

Octavia Spencer

Channing Tatum

Miles Teller

John Travolta

Kerry Washington

Naomi Watts

Cate Blanchett

Jared Leto

Matthew McConaughey

Lupita Nyong’o

Marion Cotillard

Benedict Cumberbatch

Meryl Streep

Oprah Winfrey

Reese Witherspoon

One name does rather leap out: John Travolta, who has been asked back after spectacularly >mangling Idina Menzel’s name

last year.

An "Adele Dazeem" gag seems inevitable tonight. And since the evening’s script is written by Greg Berlanti, whose day job is running the excellent DC Comics TV show Arrow, we may even get a Ra's al Ghul joke too.

1.20pm The stars will start arriving at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, at midnight GMT, with the ceremony proper following 90 minutes later, at 1.30am, and ending around 4am. You can watch the whole thng on Sky Movie Oscars, or through Now TV for non Sky subscribers.

Alternatively, you can keep up with every

Jennifer Lawrence pratfall or >Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb

, not to mention all the winners’ speeches and losers’ rictus grins, right here. Like this:

But in the meantime, here's a reminder of who's nominated in the major categories:

Best Picture

American Sniper - read the >Telegraph review of American Sniper

Birdman - read the >Telegraph review of Birdman

Boyhood - read the >Telegraph review of Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel - read the >Telegraph review of The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game - read the >Telegraph review of The Imitation Game

Selma - read the >Telegraph review of Selma

The Theory of Everything - read the >Telegraph review of The Theory of Everything

Whiplash - read the >Telegraph review of Whiplash

Best Actor

Steve Carell, (Foxcatcher) - read the >Telegraph interview with Steve Carell

Bradley Cooper, (American Sniper) - read the >Telegraph review of American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, (The Imitation Game) - read the >Telegraph interview with Benedict Cumberbatch

Michael Keaton, (Birdman) - read the >Telegraph interview with Michael Keaton

Eddie Redmayne, (The Theory of Everything) - read the >Telegraph interview with Eddie Redmayne here

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) - read the >Telegraph interview with Marion Cotillard

or our >review of Two Days, One Night

Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything) - read the >Telegraph interview with Felicity Jones

Julianne Moore (Still Alice) - read the >Telegraph interview with Julianne Moore

or our >review of Still Alice

Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) - watch the >Telegraph interview with Rosamund Pike

or read our >review of Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon (Wild) - read the >Telegraph interview with Reese Witherspoon

Our own

Robbie Collin is predicting - or rather, praying for - a win for Boyhood, but it's not looking good. At Saturday night's Independent Spirit Awards, Birdman won both Best Director and Best Actor - and these awards have correctly predicted the Oscars for the last two years. Sorry, Robbie.


The popcorn is bought, the wine is in the fridge and the tissue box is on stand-by. But before the red carpet arrivals and awards ceremony later on, you can limber up with some of the coruscating pre-Oscars coverage written, produced and directed by the Telegraph's own firmament of egomaniacal, surgically enhanced stars, our film writers:

Refresh your memories, with our gallery of >The Best Picture nominees in pictures

Wondering what has become of previous Oscar winners. They're here: >Oscar winners: where are they now?

Never mind who wins, this is tonight's burning question: >will Jennifer Lawrence fall over for the third year in a row?

Tonight is the 87th Academy Awards. >Tim Robey, who knows too much, remembers the 5 best

The Oscars ceremony starts in

Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/oscars/11419924/oscars-2015-live.html

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