There will be no host for the Oscars 2019 for the first time in 30 years

There will be no official host at the Oscars for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart was forced to quit following the resurfacing of a series of homophobic tweets.

A publicist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told Fox News Monday night that the show would go on without a central host for only the second time in its history.

Instead, presenting duties at the 91st Academy Awards show will be shared among 13 stars including Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig and Jennifer Lopez.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was forced to step down in December amid a slew of backlash over a series of tweets dating back to 2009, including one in which he said he wouldn’t let his son play with dolls because ‘that’s gay’.

The 39-year-old initially said he wouldn’t stand down from his role and refused to say sorry, because people were ‘looking for reasons to be negative’ and ‘angry’.

But just two hours later, Hart issued an apology to the LGBTQ community and resigned as Oscars host.

‘I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,’ the comedian tweeted on December 6, just two days after being named host. ‘I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.’

This year’s ceremony will be the first since the 61st Academy Awards show to air without a main presenter.

The host-less show in 1989 started with an 11-minute musical segment. It was branded an ’embarrassment’ by 17 big names in Hollywood, including Dame Julie Andrews and actor Paul Newman, who wrote a letter slamming Oscar bosses.

‘The 61st Academy Awards show was an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry,’ the letter stated, according to History.com.

‘It is neither fitting nor acceptable that the best work in motion pictures be acknowledged in such a demeaning fashion.’

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Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Awkwafina, Amandla Stenberg, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also share the stage to present gongs.

After initially being announced as presenter, Kevin Hart shared a heartfelt post revealing it was a dream come true to host the Oscars.

But  a series of tweets dating from 2009 to 2011 surfaced in which the comedian spewed blatant anti-gay rhetoric.

In 2011, he wrote in a since-deleted tweet: ‘Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ”stop that’s gay.”

The comedian has since deleted the tweets, but that wasn’t before screen captures began circulating online, gaining widespread criticism.

Earlier in the day, Hart responded to criticism in a way that further inflamed backlash just two days after he was named host of the upcoming Academy Awards.

He wrote on Instagram that critics should ‘stop being negative’. In an accompanying video, a shirtless Hart lounging in bed warily said he wasn’t going to ‘let the craziness frustrate me.’

‘I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,’ said Hart, who added, in all-caps: ‘I love everybody.’

His refusal to admit fault and apologize for the tweets sparked public outcry for the removal of his hosting gig.

GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, said it had reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart’s management to ‘discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record.’

Hart’s attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act.

In the 2010 special Seriously Funny, he said ‘one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.’

‘Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,’ Hart said in the routine.

Though he refused to apologize for his comments twice, he conceded after several hours.

‘I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again,’ Hart tweeted.

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Lupita Nyongo to be honored with star on Hollywood Hall Of Fame in 2019

Kenyan-born actress Lupita Nyongo is on the list of celebrities to be honored with a star on the Hollywood of Fame.

The high profile activity has been slated for 2019, and also on the list include actor/producer Tyler Perry, Terrence Howard, Guillermo del Toro, Lucy Liu, Cedric the Entertainer and more.

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The new members were announced via livestream on the Walk Of Fame’s website

“The Committee always tries to select a group of talented honorees that appeal in various genres of the entertainment world,”

said Vin Di Bona, chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee.

“I feel the Committee has outdone themselves and I know the fans, tourists and the Hollywood community will be pleased with our selections. We are excited to see each and every honoree’s face as they unveil that majestic star on Hollywood’s most famous walkway.”

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Here are fun facts about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to Mental Floss;

ANYONE CAN NOMINATE A CELEBRITY FOR A STAR—BUT THE STAR MUST AGREE

THERE’S ALSO THE MATTER OF A $40,000 FEE

THERE ARE TWO HARRISON FORDS AND TWO MICHAEL JACKSONS

 FOUR STARS HAVE BEEN STOLEN

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Woi!!! Fake 2017 Oscars Fiasco!

Wololo! It felt like deja vu why lie!

So the Oscars were being awarded Monday morning our time.

However that wasn’t the issue, what was – is the fact that the wrong film was called out for best picture! It reminded me of Steve Harvey messing up the miss Universe show in 2015.

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La la land was initially awarded best picture and their team trooped on stage and began their acceptance speeches only to be stopped mid way.

A mistake was discovered and Moonlight was then declared best picture at the Oscars.

Hearth throb Mahershala Ali had earlier won the best supporting role for the movie Moonlight.

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Viola Davies won best supporting actress for the movie Fences.

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Emma Stone won the best actress award for her role in La la land. While the best actor went to Casey Affleck for his role in the film Manchester by the Sea.

TV presenter cum comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards.

Lupita Nyongo’s Secret Star Wars Character Revealed

Lupita Nyong’o’s secret role in Star Wars has finally being revealed putting to rest the rumors that from as back as October last year that she was playing digital character.

The announcement made through the June issue of Vanity Fair says Lupita will play the motion-capture character named Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lupita also made the announcement on her Instagram page.

Below is the photo and post from her IG.

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Watch a behind the scene Star Wars shoot courtesy of Vanity Fair

Full List of Winners for MTV Movie Awards 2015

The annual MTV music awards took place Sunday night and Shailene Woodley was everyone’s darling. She was the most popular celebrity after taking home several awards. Shailene bagged the special award as MTV Trailblazer. The movie The Fault in Our Stars was named Movie of the Year with Shailene taking the Best Female Performance and Best Kiss with Ansel Elgort for her role in the movie.

Just like in the Oscars Boyhood, Whiplash, Selma were all nominated as the Movie of the Year. Chris Hart was also a big winner of the night after bagging the MTV Comedic Genius Award. Here is the full list of winners;

Movie of the Year
The Fault In Our Stars

Best Female Performance
Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Best male performance
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Scared-As-Shit Performance
Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door

Breakthrough Performance
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner

Best Shirtless Performance
Zac Efron, Neighbors

Best Duo
Zac Efron & Dave Franco, Neighbors

Best Fight
Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, The Maze Runner

Best Kiss
Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Best WTF Moment
Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne, Neighbors

Best Villain
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Musical Moment
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Best Comedic Performance
Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street

Best On-Screen Transformation
Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Best Hero
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner

MTV Generation Award: Robert Downey Jr.

MTV Trailblazer Award: Shailene Woodley

MTV Comedic Genius Award: Kevin Hart

Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen sh13m Oscar dress found

The handmade, pearl-covered Oscar dress stolen from actress Lupita Nyong’o was recovered Friday at the very Hollywood hotel where it was stolen — and the thief claims it’s worthless, according to reports.
Cops discovered what they believe is the missing gown, valued at north of sh13m, in a bathroom of the London West Hollywood hotel after a tipster called gossip site TMZ claiming to be the thief, the site reported.

The dress-snatcher returned the gown claiming it was a knockoff and wanted the world to know, “Hollywood’s fake bull—-,” TMZ reported.

The anonymous caller, who reached out to TMZ around 2:30 p.m. Friday, claimed they noticed the door to Nyong’o’s room was ajar and grabbed the dress, created from 6,000 white pearls.

But the robber and a pair of friends took two of the pearls to the garment district in downtown L.A. and were told the gems were fake.

TMZ contacted the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department after the call and detectives found the dress stuffed into a garbage bag in a bathroom next to the hotel’s fitness center.

Industry insiders countered the bandit’s claims — scoffing at the $150,000 price tag and putting its true value exponentially higher. Such dresses are typically worn once and then put on display in the designer’s archives, the insiders said.

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Lupita on the red carpet (www.usmagazine.com)

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Lupita Nyong’o’s Sh13 million Pearl Oscar Dress Stolen

According to reports by TMZ, Lupita’s Sh13million Oscar dress was stolen from her hotel room at the London West Hollywood on Tuesday. Lupita Nyong’o made it to our list of the best dressed celebrities at the Oscars in her 6,000 pearls dress which was a custom made Calvin Klein gown.

The 31-year old Nyong’o has become a darling of the red carpet and even made it to our top dressed celebrity HERE at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

Calvin Klein confirmed the theft when they tweeted ‘Have you seen this dress? #freethepearls’ . And just in case you need a reminder of how gorgeous she looked in it, here’s a photo of Lupita wearing the custom-made gown on Sunday:

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Lupita Nyong’o introduces her brother to Beyonce

What happens when your sister is Hollywood’s sweetheart? Lupita Nyong’os brother Peter can answer that question all too well. Peter accompanied Lupita to the Oscars and she introduced him to several celebrities including Emma Stone, Jared Leto, Vin  Diesel and Beyonce. He even got an opportunity to take photos with them.

Lupita posted Peter’s photo on her Instagram captioning “Just introduced my brother to Beyonce. What are sisters for? “  Peter who was overly excited to have met Beyonce re-posted the photo on his wall.

He captioned Emma Stone’s photo “this is what dreams are made of” and indeed it is. Who wouldn’t want Lupita for a sister right now? Check out the photos below

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Peter Nyong’o with Emma Stone
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Peter with Jared Leto

Photos courtesy; Peter Nyong’o Instagram

What’s next for Oscar stars?

Eddie Redmayne (winner for The Theory of Everything)
This year, the Eton-educated actor transformed himself into Professor Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything and won the best actor Oscar for that performance. But that was nothing. In 2016, Redmayne will star in The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper’s biopic of Einar Wegener, the Danish painter and transgender woman who was one of the first ever people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Speaking after his Oscars triumph, Eddie Redmayne has vowed to go to Cambridge to show his award to Hawking. Talking about his own success, Redmayne said: “I’ve always had to fight for jobs. Retaining employment will keep me very happy!”

Julianne Moore (winner for Still Alice)
2014 was a fine year for Julianne Moore, thanks to her stand-out performances in Still Alice and Maps to the Stars. The American, who won best actress, will play a trio of strong female characters in 2015. She will return as President Alma Coin in the finale of The Hunger Games franchise, as a young woman in NYC trying to carve out a living in Maggie’s Plan, and as Laurel Hester, the gay New Jersey police officer who famously fought to secure her pension benefits, in Peter Sollett’s Freeheld (Steve Carrell will also appear as an equality advocate).

Michael Keaton (nominated for Birdman)
If the self-reflexive Birdman has reinvigorated Keaton’s career, it seems he is passing the favour on to the King King story – he’ll appear in the reboot Kong: Skull Island in 2017. For those who can’t wait to see him again, Keaton will voice a character in Illumination Entertainment’s playful animation Minions (currently in post-production) and star in Spotlight, as a Boston newspaper editor uncovering child molestation in the Catholic Church.

Alejandro González Iñárritu (winner for Birdman)
Iñárritu’s next feature is the dark, historical drama The Revenant, set in the Wild West in 1822 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bear hunter out for revenge after being betrayed by two men. The Mexican director will also be working on the small screen this year with the 10-episode TV series of The One Percent, which follows the life of a struggling farmer and his discovery of a life-changing secret.

Bradley Cooper (nominated for American Sniper)
Cooper – aka, Hollywood’s current golden boy – will appear alongside fellow Oscar nominee Emma Stone as a military contractor in Cameron Crowe’s romantic comedy Aloha. The American actor will star in an untitled, restaurant-based John Wells comedy, while he reteams with American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence and director David O Russell in Joy, the story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. All this, plus he’s due to appear in the Netflix revival of Wet Hot American Summer. There are also rumours that Cooper will make his directorial debut in father-in-law-meets-son comedy Honeymoon with Harry.

Best Dressed Stars at the 2015 Oscars

The 87th Annual Academy Awards happened at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 and if there is ever a defining moment in fashion, it is during the Oscars. Stars go for it and this year was not any different.

Our very own Lupita Nyong’o did not dissapoint as she makes it to our list of best dressed. Lupita wore a white Calvin Klein gown.

There were lots of whites and thigh high slits. Rosamund Pike was a showstopper in her Red Givenchy gown and is our top best dressed clebrity. Check out the photos below and let us know your picks.

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Emma Stone in Elie Saab

 

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Anna Kendrick in custom Thakoon

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Full list of winners at the Oscars 2015

‘Birdman’ was the big winner of the night at the 87th annual Academy Awards. The genre defying art house film won best picture. It also won three other Oscars: Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki (his second Oscars win in a row after last year’s “Gravity”) and Best Original Screenplay.

“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for the most nominations going into the night with nine, and each film won four awards. In the acting categories, Eddie Redmayne won for the best actor and Julianne Moore took home the ward for best actress.

A full list of this year’s winners is below:

Best Picture
“Birdman”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Actor
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida”

Best Documentary Feature
“CITIZENFOUR”

Best Animated Feature
“Big Hero 6”

Best Film Editing
“Whiplash”

Best Original Song
“Glory” from “Selma” (written by Common and John Legend)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper”

Best Sound Mixing
“Whiplash”

Best Visual Effects
“Interstellar”

Best Short Film, Live Action
“The Phone Call”

Best Short Film, Animated
“Feast”

Best Documentary, Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

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Oscars fashion: White and silver, and lots of beads

Hollywood’s A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown’s top fashion parade.

Beyond the icy color palette, another trend for the ladies was lots of pearls and beads. Many of the gowns seen on the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre were embellished to the max.

Julianne Moore, the favorite in the best actress category for playing a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in “Still Alice,” wore a custom beaded white strapless Chanel gown with black accents, her red hair swept back in a bun.

“Karl Lagerfeld made this for me!” she exclaimed.

France’s Marion Cotillard, a previous Oscar winner and nominated again Sunday in the best actress category, also chose white — a sleeveless Dior polka dot gown with a geisha-style bustle.

“I dreamed of cinema glory, for sure… but I would have never thought I would be part of this American family of cinema,” Cotillard told E! television’s Ryan Seacrest.

Best supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, the favorite to take home the trophy for her moving portrayal of a single mother raising two kids in “Boyhood,” arrived early with several members of her acting family in tow.

The 46-year-old blonde dazzled in a one-shoulder Rosetta Getty gown with a ruched white bodice and a form-fitting black skirt. A simple up-do gave her a bit of a Greek goddess look.

“It’s a beautiful story about human beings and kids growing up,” Arquette told CNN of “Boyhood,” which earned a total of six nominations, including one for best picture.

Lupita Nyong’o — the best supporting actress Oscar winner last year for “12 Years a Slave” and a red carpet darling — wore a custom pearl-encrusted sleeveless Calvin Klein gown.

“The pressure’s off,” she said. “I can just dress up and enjoy the show.”

“Wild” nominee Laura Dern — who brought her actor father Bruce to the ceremony — glittered in a fierce silver-studded strapless Alberta Ferretti gown worthy of a warrior princess.

In a pale shade of silvery gray was best actress nominee Felicity Jones, who was resplendent in a hand-sewn, pearl-covered gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, her shoulders bare.

For fashion and jewelry designers, having an A-list star show up on the Oscars red carpet in one of their creations is essentially free advertising — thanks to the global coverage of the ceremony.

– For men, pops of color –

For the men, there were lots of classic black tuxedos — best actor nominees Steve Carell and rival Michael Keaton, along with “Boyhood” star Ethan Hawke, a best supporting actor nominee, all kept it simple.

But a few used the red carpet to get noticed, mixing it up with color.

“Selma” star David Oyelowo — who many observers felt deserved a nomination for playing Martin Luther King — rocked a three-piece burgundy tux from Dolce & Gabbana.

Briton Eddie Redmayne, who many think will take home the best actor prize for his moving, physical portrayal of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, sported a midnight blue Alexander McQueen tux with black accents.

“It’s raining, which feels beautifully British,” Redmayne told E! television.

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Some fun facts about the 2015 Oscars

The 87th Academy Awards takes place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Here AFP looks at some facts and figures about this year’s extravaganza:

ALL WHITE

Every single one of the 20 acting nominees is white, for only the second time in nearly two decades. The last time there were no non-white nominees was in 2011. Before that, 1998. Notable snubs include Britain’s David Oyelowo, widely tipped for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma.”

FIRST TIMERS

Nearly half the acting nominees are first-timers vying for Hollywood’s biggest awards. They are Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, JK Simmons, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Patricia Arquette and Emma Stone. Four nominees are previous winners: Robert Duvall, Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep.

THREE IN A ROW

Bradley Cooper is nominated for his third consecutive year — this year’s leading actor nod for “American Sniper” follows nominations for last year’s “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” the year before. The last actor to do the same was Renee Zellweger (2001-3), preceded by Russell Crowe (1999-2001).

ENGLISH NOT REQUIRED

French actress Marion Cotillard received her second nomination for a role in a language other than English, in “Two Days, One Night). She won for “La Vie en Rose (2007). She is the fifth performer to receive two or more nods for a foreign language performance. Italian legend Marcello Mastroianni won three, while Sophia Loren, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Adjani won two each.

STREEP SWEEP

Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated actor ever with her 19th nod for “Into the Woods.” She has won three times, most recently in 2012 as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Before that she won in 1980 for “Kramer v. Kramer” and 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice.”

BLACK AND WHITE

“Ida” is the 11th mostly black and white film nominated for cinematography since 1967, when black and white was cut as a category. Previous films included “Cold Blood” (1967), “The Last Picture Show” (1971), “Lenny” (1974), “Raging Bull” (1981), “Zelig” (1983), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001), “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005), “The White Ribbon” (2009) and “The Artist” (2011).

BATTLE OF HULKS

Two actors who have played muscle-bound Marvel superhero The Hulk are slugging it out in the best supporting actor category: Mark Ruffalo (up for “Foxcatcher”) and Edward Norton (“Birdman.”)

DOUBLE DESPLAT

French composer Alexandre Desplat is a rare double nominee in the same category: best original score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” The last person to do so was Steven Soderbergh, nominated for best director for both “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic” in 2000 (He won for “Traffic.”)

GONE (BOND) GIRL

Britain’s Rosamund Pike becomes the third former Bond girl to be nominated for an Oscar, for “Gone Girl.” Both her predecessors won: Halle Berry for “Monsters Ball” in 2002 and Kim Basinger for “L.A. Confidential” in 1998.

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Oscars 2015: Nominations list

Here is the full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, to be held in Los Angeles on 22 February.

Best picture
American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Best director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

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

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

Best supporting actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best original screenplay
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

Best animated feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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