John Legend, Common win Oscars for Selma song

Common and John Legend; Photo Credit: Trendy Africa

Singer, John Legend and rapper, Common, won Oscars for Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards which took place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The song, Glory, was on the soundtrack of the Martin Luther King biopic, Selma.

Other winners at the award show were British actor, Eddie Redmayne, who won Best Actor for his role in The Theory of Everything – a biopic on the physicist, Stephen Hawking; Julianne Moore won Best Actress (Still Alice), Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Actress (Boyhood), and J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor (Whiplash).

Best Picture went to Birdman directed by Alexandro Inarritu, which also won Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.

This year’s Academy Awards was criticised for its lack of diversity. For the first time in years, no minority actor/actress was nominated in the acting categories.

The award show was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Best Picture
Birdman – winner
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman – WINNER
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – WINNER
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – WINNER
Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild


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Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – WINNER
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – WINNER
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Cinematography
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal & Ryszard Lenczewski
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakin

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game – WINNER
American Sniper
Inherent Vice
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman – WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song
‘Glory,’ Selma – WINNER
‘Lost Stars,’ Begin Again
‘Everything is Awesome,’ The LEGO Movie
‘Grateful,’ Beyond the Lights
‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6 – WINNER
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Best Documentary—Short
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – WINNER
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

Best Film Editing
Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Animated Short
Feast – WINNER
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Live Action Short
The Phone Call – WINNER
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper – WINNER
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
Whiplash – WINNER
American Sniper

Best Visual Effects
Interstellar – WINNER
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Documentary — Feature
Citizenfour – WINNER
Finding Vivien Maier
Last Days of Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – WINNER
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner


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