It's the most wonderful time of the year. The world's biggest stars have walked the world's most famous red carpet and the world's most famous award has gone to some of 2014's best films. Birdman and Boyhood went into the evening as the frontrunners, with the former edging out 4 wins, including Best Picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu became the second Mexican director in a row to win Best Director. And, Julianne Moore can finally be referred to as an Academy Award winner. While I was expecting the end results to be a bit different, 2014 was a great year for film and I'm pleased with the winners listed below (especially because I correctly predicted 16 of the 24 categories). Here's to seeing how 2015 will shape up!

Best Picture
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Producers: Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Best Actress in a Leading Role 
Julianne Moore
Still Alice

Best Actor in a Leading Role 
Eddie Redmayne
The Theory of Everything

Achievement in Directing 
Alejandro G. Inarritu
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Achievement in Writing, Adapted Screenplay 
Graham Moore
The Imitation Game

Achievement in Writing, Original Screenplay 
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Achievement in Music, Original Score 
Alexandre Desplat
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Music, Original Song 
"Glory" from Selma 
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Documentary Feature 
Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky

Achievement in Film Editing 
Tom Cross

Achievement in Cinematography 
Emmanuel Lubezki
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Achievement in Production Design 
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design)
Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Animated Feature Film 
Big Hero 6 
Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli

Best Animated Short Film 
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Achievement in Visual Effects 
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette

Achievement in Sound Editing 
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
American Sniper

Achievement in Sound Mixing 
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley

Best Documentary Short Subject 
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 
Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry

Best Live Action Short Film 
The Phone Call 
Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Best Foreign Language Film 
Ida (Poland)
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling 
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Achievement in Costume Design 
Milena Canonero
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons

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