87th Academy Awards: The Live Blog

The pinnacle of the movie calendar, the apex of awards seasons, the prestigious, glamorous, superlative event known as the Academy Awards is about to begin. I’m well-stocked in caffeine and raring to go…

5.08am – THE END IS NIGH

So that’s it. The unforgiving orchestra plays for the final time. Neil Patrick Harris says his goodbyes, and presumably won’t be asked back. And pretty much everyone that was expected to win did. So yay. Goodnight or good morning.

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5.03am – BEST PICTURE

The legend that is Sean Penn is on hand to present Best Picture.

Nominees:

  • American Sniper (2014): Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan
  • Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
  • Boyhood (2014/I): Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
  • The Imitation Game (2014): Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven M. Rales, Jeremy Dawson
  • Selma (2014): Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
  • The Theory of Everything (2014): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash (2014): Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster

Sean Penn feigns shock. For a second I think he might say American Sniper.

BUT THE WINNER IS: BIRDMAN.

I am somewhat surprised Boyhood didn’t cinch it. I feel bad for Linklater who has devoted so much of his time to this passion project, and which must resonate so honestly and so rawly with many families.

Picking up the big three: screenplay, director and picture, Birdman proves its popularity and artistry. A triumph for originality, inventiveness and experimentalism in cinema.

4.54am – BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Matthew McConnaughey saunters onto the stage. Is he the real Mr. Grey?

Nominees:

  • Marion Cotillard, losing her job in Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, losing hope in The Theory of Everything
  • Rosamund Pike, losing her cool in Gone Girl
  • Julianne Moore, losing her memory in Still Alice
  • Reese Witherspoon, losing her toenails in Wild

AND THE WINNER IS: Julianne Moore

Unsurprising victory for Moore. She’s cleaned up at pretty much every other awards show, and justifiably – her performance as Dr. Alice Howland is haunting, gut wrenching and anchored by authenticity. This is her 5th nomination and 1st win: the cherry on top of an illustrious and diverse career.

4.48am – BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Nominees:

  • Steve Carell, wrestling his demons in Foxcatcher
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, securing WW2 victory as Turing in The Imitation Game
  • Bradley Cooper, drinking whiskey and getting frisky in American Sniper
  • Michael Keaton, treading the boards in Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, riding a Tide in The Theory of Everything

AND THE WINNER IS: Eddie Redmayne.

He looks like he’s being choked by his bow tie. He looks overwhelmed. He says ‘Thank You’ thrice, and dedicates the award to ALS sufferers, his partner in crime Felicity Jones, and of course, Stephen Hawking. The transformation in the film alone is deserving of this award. His performance is the mark of dedication.

4.42am – ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Batffleck is onstage to present the best director award. It’s tense.

Nominees:

  • Richard Linklater, keeping it in the family for Boyhood
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, flying high for Birdman
  • Bennett Miller, staging a fight for Foxcatcher
  • Wes Anderson, gives chase for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Morten Tyldum, does the Math for The Imitation Game

AND THE WINNER IS: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Bennett Miller was so quick to stand up I wondered if he’d heard the wrong name. Funny speech, funny guy. Birdman had verve, dynamism and was spectacularly guided by Iñárritu. Basically, I concur.

4.34am – BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

  • American Sniper (2014): Jason Hall
  • Inherent Vice (2014): Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Imitation Game (2014): Graham Moore
  • The Theory of Everything (2014): Anthony McCarten
  • Whiplash (2014): Damien Chazelle

AND THE WINNER IS: The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

No fucking way. What. Just. Happened. Easily the biggest upset of the nightMoore’s script was hackneyed and conventional, and lacked the spice to really represent Turing’s unconventionality. But now he’s gone and mentioned an attempted suicide and urged people to stay true to themselves, so I feel like a dick. I guess his script honoured Turing’s legacy, and in turn the Academy are honouring the overdue-ness of that.

4.30am – BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

  • Boyhood (2014/I): Richard Linklater
  • Birdman (2014): Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
  • Foxcatcher (2014): E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
  • Nightcrawler (2014): Dan Gilroy

AND THE WINNER IS: Birdman

Emma Stone looks chuffed, which makes me happy. I quite wanted to see Nightcrawler snap this up, considering it lost steam in most other categories, but Birdman is the most fascinating of these nominees. 

4.27am

Just FYI if everything suddenly goes quiet on the blogging front that’s because I just had a sugar hit and am pre-empting a crash any minute now.

4.22am – BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Nominees:

  • The Imitation Game (2014): Alexandre Desplat
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar (2014): Hans Zimmer
  • The Theory of Everything (2014): Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Mr. Turner (2014): Gary Yershon

AND THE WINNER IS: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat

With two nominations it would’ve been a travesty for Desplat not to win. Plus, this score is absolutely magical and so elemental to the creation of an all-encompassing and unique world. Desplat gives a heartfelt speech. And I believe that puts GBH in the lead! Come on Wes.

4.20am – DIVA-OFF?

The real Julie Andrews has just appeared on stage, much to Felicity Jones’ absolute delight. Fingers crossed she breaks out into a rendition of Alejandro.

4.16am – THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF GAGA

Blimey. Lady GaGa looks elegant. She’s singing The Sound of Music, in celebration of the enduring classic. And doing a rather good job. She’s managed to stay poker-faced throughout.

4.06am – BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Nominees:

  • The Lego Movie (2014): Shawn Patterson(Everything is Awesome)
  • Selma (2014): Common, John Legend(Glory)
  • Beyond the Lights (2014): Diane Warren(Grateful)
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014): Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond(I’m Not Gonna Miss You)
  • Begin Again (2013/II): Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois(Lost Stars)

AND THE WINNER IS: ‘Glory’, Selma

Glory for glory. A moving, profound acceptance speech that matches the sentiments of the song, and the film. “March on”.

4.05am – THE ACADEMY HAS A SENSE OF HUMOUR

“Benedict Cumberbatch is… the name you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce ‘Ben Affleck’”. NPH’s best quip of the night. John Travolta and Idina Menzel laugh it up over his disastrous pronunciation of her name at last year’s awards.

4.02am

Julianne Moore, Chris Pine and David Oyelowo are just 3 of the actors reduced to tears after John Legend’s rendition of ‘Glory’, the song from Selma. 

3.56am – KEEPING SCORE

Tally so far… Whiplash and Grand Budapest Hotel each have 3. Boyhood, Birdman and American Sniper have 1. Surprising, but a few of the big dogs are yet to come.

3.50am – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Nominees:

  • Citizenfour (2014): Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
  • Finding Vivian Maier (2013): John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
  • Last Days in Vietnam (2014): Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester
  • The Salt of the Earth (2014): Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
  • Virunga (2014): Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

AND THE WINNER IS: Citizenfour

Haven’t seen this yet, but desperately want to – and now even more so. Unlike Michael Moore, the winners tastefully bring up a political issue; that of privacy and subsequently honour the necessary courage of whistleblowers, much to the applause of the audience. Apparently, they’ve just woken up…

3.44am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING

Even Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomi Watts can do little to revive what’s become the most tedious procession in awards history. I’m surprised I’m still awake. Presumably the Academy will edit out yawning stars and fidgety nominees. This ceremony is certainly not rushing, and most definitely dragging.

Nominees:

  • Boyhood (2014/I): Sandra Adair
  • The Imitation Game (2014): William Goldenberg
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Barney Pilling
  • Whiplash (2014): Tom Cross
  • American Sniper (2014): Joel Cox, Gary Roach

AND THE WINNER IS: Whiplash

Fuck yes. It’s gone to the right film. The power of Whiplash lies not just in Simmons’ performance, but in the perfectly timed editing.

3.36am

Among those remembered are Lauren Bacall, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, Luise Rainer, Samuel Goldwyn Jr, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Mickey Rooney, Mike Nichols, Eli Wallach. As ever its a touching moment, and you forget how many people leave behind enduring legacies and iconic moments. Finished off with a power ballad from a skinnier-than-ever Jennifer Hudson.

3.30am – PASS THE TISSUES

Meryl Streep comes on stage looking like she means business and quoting Joan Didion. She’s a goddess basically. Streep introduces the segment whereupon we honour those in the industry who have passed. Get ready for an emotive, water-coloured montage.

3.25am – BEST ACHIEVMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees:

  • Birdman (2014): Emmanuel Lubezki
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Robert D. Yeoman
  • Ida (2013): Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
  • Mr. Turner (2014): Dick Pope
  • Unbroken (2014/I): Roger Deakins

AND THE WINNER IS: Birdman

The second consecutive win for Lubezki, who picked up the award last year for the artistically awe-inspiring, and boundary defying, Gravity. I was sort of hoping the beautiful compositions of Ida would gain recognition, but that being said, Birdman is insanely intricate and self-assured in navigating its way through all those corridors, conflicts and clandestine activities.

3.22am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
  • The Imitation Game (2014): Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
  • Interstellar (2014): Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
  • Into the Woods (2014): Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
  • Mr. Turner (2014): Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

AND THE WINNER IS: The Grand Budapest Hotel

And that makes three. Another deserved win for Anderson’s most fully realised and wondrously chaotic film.

3.19am

Cheryl Boone Isaac, the president of the AMPAS comes on stage to give an obligatory and VERY rehearsed speech on diversity in cinema. In a year where there has been great controversy over the lack of diversity in the nominations. She praises filmmakers that “give voice to challenging ideas and alternate points of view” and whilst that all very well and everyone might clap/nod/agree, it feels a little bit anachronistic and unreflective of this year’s Oscars.

3.11am – BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Nominees:

  • The Boxtrolls (2014)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • Song of the Sea (2014)
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

AND THE WINNER IS: Big Hero 6

I’ve heard good things. It’s this years Frozen apparently and we all know how that turned out.

3.07am – BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Anna Kendrick (generally being awesome) and Kevin Hart are the best presenting duo thus far. Bubbly, funny and getting the job done.

Nominees:

  • The Bigger Picture (2014): Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees
  • The Dam Keeper (2014): Robert Kondo, Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi
  • Feast (2014/I): Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed
  • Me and My Moulton (2014): Torill Kove
  • A Single Life (2014): Joris Oprins

AND THE WINNER IS: Feast

Like the films themselves, the winners keep their speeches short and sweet.

3.04am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014): Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
  • Interstellar (2014): Paul J. Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R. Fisher
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014): Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

AND THE WINNER IS: Interstellar.

Here, here. I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tonight, and was astounded by its realism and emotional depth. But nothing touched Interstellar this year in terms of its vision and vastness.

3.01am – RITA ORA IS GRATEFUL

Performing the Original Song nomination from Beyond the Lights. It’s a little bit screechy. I’m grateful it’s over.

2.53am – AND THE WINNER IS: PATRICIA MARQUETTE

I really wanted their to be an upset. For Jared Leto to spit out Emma Stone’s name at the last minute. But alas for 12 years of hard, emotional graft, Patricia Arquette takes home the award, along with most others this season. And she knew it – she came prepped with glasses and paper.

She tells us she loves lots of people. Then champions equal rights for women in the US. (And the UK thank you very much). A fairly ordinary speech, not much personality in it.

2.51am – BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Here we go. Another exciting award. Jared Leto takes to the stage, complete with powder blue tux and shiny mane to present one lucky lady with the honour…

Nominees:

  • Patricia Arquette, getting by and getting high in Boyhood
  • Laura Dern, offering sage wisdom in Wild
  • Keira Knightley, cracking codes in The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, doing crack in Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, bewitching in Into the Woods

2.49am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING

Nominees:

  • American Sniper (2014): Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
  • Birdman (2014): Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014): Brent Burge, Jason Canovas
  • Interstellar (2014): Richard King
  • Unbroken (2014/I): Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro

AND THE WINNER IS: American Sniper

American Sniper gets its first win of the night. Could this lead to bigger things?

2.46am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING

Nominees:

  • American Sniper (2014): John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin
  • Birdman (2014): Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga
  • Interstellar (2014): Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten
  • Unbroken (2014/I): Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee
  • Whiplash (2014): Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

AND THE WINNER IS: Whiplash.

Seems like the right choice, the sound mixing in Whiplash adds to the sheer energy, intensity and tension that makes the film so engrossing.

2.45am – MILES AND MARGOT

Miles Teller and Margot Robbie come on stage to do something… I’ve tuned out. I’m too busy admiring Miles Teller. Also did NPH pronounce Margot Robbie as Robey?

2.42am

Ok this is funny. Even if NPH has resorted to getting near-naked and ripping off Birdman for laughs.

2.36am

Tim McGraw is singing a ballad. Is anyone else bored? Where’s Ellen? I remember last year being more fun. Bring out the pizza.

2.34am 

Neil Patrick Harris addresses the elephant in the room and talks to David Oyelowo after mentioning all the great Brit actors who have been nominated… To be honest that just felt awkward.

2.28am – BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT

Nominees:

  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013): Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry
  • Joanna (2013/I): Aneta Kopacz
  • Our Curse (2013): Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki
  • The Reaper (2013): Gabriel Serra
  • White Earth (2014): Christian Jensen

AND THE WINNER IS: Crisis Hotline.

Yay two women. They thank lots of people and remain relatively unflustered.

2.25am – BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Kerry Washington and Jason Bateman sashay towards the mic to present this award. 

Nominees:

  • Aya (2012/I): Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
  • Boogaloo and Graham (2014): Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
  • Butter Lamp (2013): Wei Hu, Julien Féret
  • Parvaneh (2012): Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger
  • The Phone Call (2013): Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

AND THE WINNER IS: The Phone Call.

One of them thanks his local bakery for fantastic doughnuts. I’m not sure they expected to win. They’re doing a Pawlikowski and trying to ignore the music.

2.18am – EVERYTHING IS AWESOME

This chaotic, psychedelic number from The Lego Movie is like something from Eurovision. Like most of the audience I don’t really know what’s going on.

2.17am

Neil Patrick Harris isn’t sinking. But he isn’t swimming either. Steve Carrell massively outshone him in that little bit.

2.11am – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nominees:

  • Tangerines (2013): Zaza Urushadze
  • Ida (2013): Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Leviathan (2014): Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Wild Tales (2014): Damián Szifrón
  • Timbuktu (2014): Abderrahmane Sissako

2a-ida-oscarsAND THE WINNER IS: Ida!

So happy this film has got recognition, it was by far one of my favourites of the year. Poor Pawlikowski just got woefully played off the stage for exceeding his allotted speech time. But didn’t give a shit and carried on anyway. What a hero. Keira Knightley found it hilarious.

2.09am – STRANGE PAIRING

Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor come on stage to present Best Foreign Language Film. COME ON IDA!

2.04am – LET’S CLAP THE RANDOMS

Channing Tatum comes on stage to introduce a bunch of people we don’t know. He got a pretty raw deal considering at one point there was talk of an Oscar nomination for his brutish, revelatory turn in Foxcatcher. 

2am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Neil Patrick Harris stole my joke to introduce Reese Witherspoon. I’ll let him have it.

Nominees:

  • Foxcatcher (2014): Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

AND THE WINNER IS: Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier for The Grand Budapest Hotel, racking its total up to two.

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1.58am – BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): Milena Canonero
  • Inherent Vice (2014): Mark Bridges
  • Into the Woods (2014): Colleen Atwood
  • Maleficent (2014): Anna B. Sheppard
  • Mr. Turner (2014): Jacqueline Durran

AND THE WINNER IS: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Deservedly so, as the costumes are integral to the luxurious and other-wordly texture of this film.

1.50am – ADAM LEVINE LOOKING CASUAL

Levine has opted to perform ‘Lost Stars’ from the film Begin Again without his tuxedo jacket, his tattooed arms on full display. He could’ve scrubbed up better. His co-star in the film, Keira Knightley, claps enthusiastically. Now for a toilet break.

1.47am

Liam Neeson, dressed in funereal black, introduces two of the Best Picture nominees – The Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper. People then clap their own films…

1.42am – J.K. SIMMONS WINS!

Planting a big kiss on his wife and to rapturous applause, J.K. Simmons collects his expected Oscar for the Machiavellian music teacher Fletcher in Whiplash. He thanks his wife’s patience, his “above average children” and urges everyone to call their parents and thank them. I would. But mine are currently asleep.

1.39am – BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Lupita Nyong’o is first on stage to present this award to one of these five nominees… 

  • Robert Duvall, an average Joe in The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, a doting, guitar-toting Dad in Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, going over the top in his undies in Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, getting rough-alo in Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, lashing out in Whiplash

AND THE WINNER IS: J.K. Simmons (sans hat).

1.30am – WE’RE OFF!

– Neil Patrick Harris kicks things off in deliciously camp, sing-song style. And Anna Kendrick is cameo-ing in her Cinderella, gold-foil dress. Jack Black joins in on the fun, poking fun at the series of sequels that have recently drenched our cinema screens. Kendrick shoes him off the stage. The song is called ‘Moving Pictures’, going by the amount of times that phrase has been uttered.

– Harris is looking a little red in the face. And no wonder considering he practically just crammed in ALL the nominations into one chorus. Applause all around.

7111.29am – CUTTING IT FINE

Pregnant Keira Knightley, presumably wishing to miss the preamble has arrived in a dress that looks familiar from the latest Valentino collection. Frothy perfection. Knightley is up for a Best Supporting nomination for The Imitation Game. 

7071.20am – EMMA STONE GOES FOR GOLD

Emma Stone appears to have decided that if she isn’t going to win an Oscar, she’ll dress like one instead. I’m a fan. She’s brought her Mum along and is hilarious as always. Although this photo makes it look lime green, so maybe there’s just something wrong with my TV screen.

6841.13am – GWYNIE GIVES A WAVE

Channelling the baby-pink look that she wore during her win for Shakespeare In Love, Gwyneth is sleek and polished. Seriously, her hair might as well be a reflective surface.

1.10am – BROMANCE IN THE AIR

Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper share a giggle on the red carpet. Touchingly, Cooper also has his hand placed on Clint’s lower back. Are they each other’s dates? B-Coop is up for Best Actor for his work in the controversial American Sniper. This is the third nomination in a row for Cooper, cementing his status as an acting force to be reckoned with. No wonder Clint is smitten.

1am – A STING IN HER TAIL

Stuart Heritage has hit the nail on the head over Alexa Chung’s coverage. She’s being more two-faced than Harvey Dent, at once decrying that we reduce women to the outfits they wear, and simultaneously conforming to that reductive approach. She has been nothing but snide thus far.

“Alexa Chung is genuinely tearing herself apart in the most compelling way on this Sky pre-show programme. She’s being paid to be mean about the red carpet dresses but, before she says anything mean, she keeps reiterating how cruel it is for people to be mean about red carpet dresses. It’s a perfect picture of self-loathing. It’s like watching Good Gollum arguing with Bad Gollum. She’s got about 35 minutes to split in two and start physically fighting with herself.”.

The Guardian’s live coverage can be found here

12.55am – BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

He just called the carpet “squishy”. Looking all white on the night, he’s in an ivory coloured (is it ok to say that?) tux and once again reiterating how important the legacy of Alan Turing is. His new wife; theatre/opera director and playwright, Sophie Hunter, is radiant in red. At this stage the men are wearing more varied colours than the women.

69612.50am – I COULD EAT HER UP WITH A WITHERSPOON

Best Actress nominee (I’d say contender, but Julianne has pretty much sealed the deal) Reese has knocked it out of the park. She looks exquisite. And hopefully her campaign to be asked better questions on the red carpet will make good: #askhermore. Wild – the film for which she is nominated – sees her take on the role of Cheryl Strayed and producer in a bid to develop, and showcase stronger, more emotionally complex and varied roles for women.

67012.38am – CATE THE GREAT

Simple, yet effective. This is a lady who knows how to wow. She was last year’s Best Actress winner for her role in Blue Jasmine, so presumably will be presenting the Best Actor gong.

12.35am – BEST LOOK OF THE NIGHT SO FAR

The lads of Grand Budapest Hotel have arrived in co-ordinated suits. They look like a Barbershop Quartet slash the Rat Pack and it’s nothing less than extraordinary. Adrien Brody and Jeff Goldblum are included.

12.30am – I’M IN LOVE

Felicity Jones being interviewed is the cutest thing ever. She’s “living the dream” and seems so genuinely, radiantly happy to be alive let alone at the awards. Another Brit actress, Rosamund Pike, is up on the podium being interviewed. Aside from her funny, Angelia-esque leg stance, she’s incredibly regal and eloquent and expresses her support for her co-star and tonight’s host, Neil Patrick Harris.

12.25am – J.K. SIMMONS LOOKING EDGY

He’s wearing a hat and has a chain attached to his waistcoat… He just needs a cigar and Boardwalk Empire might’ve cast him as an extra. I wonder if he’ll dispose of the hat when he gets up onstage to collect his Oscar (because it’s pretty much in the bag).

12.20am – ETHAN HAWKE 

Hawke believed that Boyhood would be too experimental for mainstream audiences. Once again shining a light on Ellar Coltrane’s performance and seeming very humble to be here at all.

69312.15am – NOW THAT’S A SUIT

Eddie Redmayne arrives wearing a suit so sharp there should be a warning attached. In dazzling midnight blue, this is the suit of a man who knows he stands a chance at victory. He’s very smiley and fidgety on camera, expressing stutter-y nervousness and gratitude. Let’s hope he’s rehearsed a speech that’s a bit smoother…

664-212.10am – NAOMI WATTS EXCELS HERSELF

I’m loving the neckline and relaxed yet cool vibe of this dress. It’s Armani Prive, which if I’m not mistaken Watts also wore a couple of years ago when she was nominated for her turn in The Impossible, in another silvery creation. Watts provided stellar support in this year’s Birdman, reuniting her with Edward Norton with whom she previously shared a screen with in A Painted Veil. 

689-212.07am – I SEE A THEME APPEARING

The second red dress of the night is worn with absolute aplomb by Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike.

12.05am – DAVID OYELOWO SAYS OH-HELLO-WO

Looking dapper in red, Oyelowo is nothing but effusively grateful about being at the Oscars tonight, despite a lot of controversy over his Best Actor nomination snub. What a gent.

77912am – MICHAEL KEATON SWOOPS IN

As Riggan Thomson in Birdman, Keaton treaded the boards and now on the Oscars red carpet he looks stiff as a board. Seems as though no-one briefed him on what to do with his hands. Maybe he’s just tense about tonight’s result in the Best Actor category. It’s a toss-up between him and Eddie Redmayne, though bookies have the latter down as the odds-on favourite.

11.57pm – LINKLATER SAYS HEY

Richard Linklater looks very relaxed and spaced out. Maybe high… Maybe just exhausted by Boyhood’s success. “Here we are…”. Yep definitely run out of interesting things to say about the film.

11.55pm – PATRICIA ARQUETTE CHAMPIONS A CAUSE

Eschewing talk of her dress or manicure, Arquette plumps instead to promote an eco sanitation charity. Alexa Chung slams her dress choice, calling it strange and armpit baring. This is starting to grate – woman talks about environmental degradation, and is instead criticised for not flattering her figure enough… Fucking Hollywood.

11.50pm – FELICITY JONES IS IN THE BUILDING

A.K.A. My girl crush and future BFF. Felicity appears to be having trouble with the sheer volume of her dress. That is a lot of fabric.

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11.45pm – GREY NOWHERE TO BE SEEN

Dakota Johnson channelling something of a classic screen siren and also matching the carpet in this stunning dress. It’s Yves Saint Laurent and I’m sure Mr. Grey would certainly see her now…

I’ll try and tame the puns.

66411.40pm – SELMA’S CARMEN EJOGO ARRIVES

Go Ejogo. As the stars start to filter onto the carpet, this is the first dress that’s caught my eye. Timeless, shimmery perfection.

11.30pm – RED CARPET ARRIVALS

– The fact that Sky Living prefaced their coverage with a warning about flashing images and bad language makes this seem like a movie itself. I’m already getting tingles.

– Alexa Chung!!! Hyped that she’s doing red carpet commentary, should make this section a little less banal.

– I love that awkward moment during a transfer of presenters where they’re just staring it out like a Wild West duel. “Glamorous cattle” is how Sky’s Entertainment correspondent has described the stars. I’m sure they’ve been called worse.

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