Birdman wins four Oscars while Italy wins costume design

(AGI) Los Angeles, Feb 23 - As expected "Birdman" by AlejandroGonzalez Inarritu triumphed at the 87th Academy Awardsceremony. The film by the Mexican director, based on the storyof a former movie star (Michael Keaton) who tries to make acomeback on Broadway, won four Oscars, for best film, director,original screenplay and photography. Eddie Redmayne won BestActor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory ofEverything" by James Marsh. This was the film's only award outof its five nominations. Oscar for Best Actress went asexpected to Julianne Moore for her intense role

(AGI) Los Angeles, Feb 23 - As expected "Birdman" by AlejandroGonzalez Inarritu triumphed at the 87th Academy Awardsceremony. The film by the Mexican director, based on the storyof a former movie star (Michael Keaton) who tries to make acomeback on Broadway, won four Oscars, for best film, director,original screenplay and photography. Eddie Redmayne won BestActor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory ofEverything" by James Marsh. This was the film's only award outof its five nominations. Oscar for Best Actress went asexpected to Julianne Moore for her intense role in the drama"Still Alice" by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Italywon an award for costume design with Milena Canonero for "GrandHotel Budapest" by Wes Anderson. This was her fourth statuetteafter "Barry Lyndon", "Chariots of Fire" and "MarieAntoinette". Best Supporting Actor went to JK Simmons for"Whiplash". Best Supporting Actress was won by PatriciaArquette for "Boyhood", a Richard Linklater film made over 12years, telling the story of Mason from childhood through toadolescence. This work was among the favourites to win thebiggest prize of all, Best Movie. The same went for "AmericanSniper" by Clint Eastwood, the true story of Chris Kyle, USArmy soldier posted in Iraq as a sniper. Eastwood had to settlefor the Oscar for sound. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" by WesAnderson, a true outsider, was also vying for best movie. Thistribute to European cinema by Wes Andersen won four statuettesin the technical categories. In addition to the award for thecostumes to Italy's Canonero, it won others for Best ArtDirection, Makeup and soundtrack. "Selma" by Ava DuVernay, afilm about Martin Luther King and the civil rights march toSelma Alabama, won the Oscar for Best Original Song ("Glory" byCommon and John Legend) while "The Imitation Game" by MortenTyldum, based on the true story of Alan Turing, the Britishscientist who cracked the German Enigma code system duringWorld War II, won Best Adapted Screenplay. "Whiplash" by DamienChazelle, as well as winning best supporting actor took homeBest Editing and Best Sound Editing. Best Foreign Film went to"Ida" by Poland's Pavel Pawlikowski, shot in beautiful blackand white to tell the story of a novice, orphaned and raised ina convent in Poland in the 1960s. Finally, "CitizenFour" byLaura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky won theOscar for best documentary. . .