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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for 'Birdman.'
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for 'Birdman.'Credit: AFP

Welcome to Haaretz’s live coverage of the 87th annual Academy Awards

7:20 A.M. That's all, folks

So there it is. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were the big winners, with four Academy Awards apiece, and low-budget jazz pic "Whiplash" was just behind with three. The acting awards went to Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood" - the only win of the night for Richard Linklater's movie, which will have surprised many). There were a surprising number of moving speeches, way too many songs, while early reviews are giving Neil Patrick Harris the thumbs-down for his hosting role. Tough crowd.

That's it from our Oscars live blog. Check out Haaretz during the day for more reaction to the 78th Academy Awards.

07:06 A.M. 'Birdman' cast and crew celebrate

"This has been a tremendous experience, this guy is as bold as bold can be," says Michael Keaton about his Mexican director. Iñárritu pays tribute to his fellow countrymen, both back home in Mexico and in the United States, and uses his final words to praise "this immigrant nation."

7:04 A.M. 'Birdman' wins Best Picture

"Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" asks Sean Penn, announcing the result. "Two Mexicans in a row. That's suspicious, I guess," jokes director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. 

6:59 A.M. Julianne Moore's acceptance speech

"I read an article that said winning an Oscar gives you five years' longer life," says Moore, after winning for "Still Alice." "I'm glad, because my husband is younger than me." On a serious note, she says, "People with Alzheimer's deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure." She also pays tribute to the film's codirector, Wash Westmoreland, who has ALS and is unable to attend the ceremony.

Matthew McConaughey presents Julianne Moore with the award for best actress in a leading role at the Oscars. Photo: AP

6:55 A.M. Julianne Moore wins Best Actress for 'Still Alice'

The four-time nominee finally wins, for her performance as an Alzheimer's sufferer. 

6:52 A.M. Eddie Redmayne's Oscar win

Eddie Redmayne is an excited man. And who can blame him? "This Oscar belongs to the people around the world battling ALS," the Brit says. "It belongs to one exceptional family, the Hawking family. I will be his custodian." A heartfelt, touching speech. And just when we thought it was going to be Michael Keaton's night.

Eddie Redmayne accepts the Oscar for best actor for his role in 'The Theory of Everything.' Photo: AP

6:50 A.M. Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for 'The Theory of Everything'

British actor Eddie Redmayne wins his first Academy Award for his stunning performance as Stephen Hawking.

6:42 A.M. Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins Best Director for 'Birdman'

Now this is a big win. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu is back on stage, a few minutes after winning for best original screenplay, pipping Richard Linklater for the top director award. "This is crazy, in a way, talking about that little prick called ego," he says. We think that's what he said, anyway.

6:28 A.M. 'Grand Budapest Hotel' leads Oscars field

Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" has won four Academy Awards so far, ahead of "Whiplash" (three). Anderson's wins have largely been in the technical categories.

6:30 A.M. 'Birdman' wins Best Original Screenplay

Is this a hint at who will win Best Picture? Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his three cowriters thank their cast, including the "maestro" Michael Keaton - who appears to have been chewing gum the entire evening. And finally, someone gives a shout-out to their pet dog (Larry) in an Oscar acceptance speech.

6:20 A.M. Alexandre Desplat wins Best Score for 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Forget Lady Gaga, here's Julie Andrews, presenting the Best Score award to Alexandre Desplat. Eighth time is clearly the charm for the French composer, who was doubly nominated in this category (also for "The Imitation Game"). Andrews, by the way, looks 16, going on 17. As only Hollywood stars do. 

6:13 A.M. Joan Rivers snubbed?

Movie trade bible Variety has just written about Joan Rivers' omission from the In Memoriam tribute. "Joan Rivers was a notable omission from the list," writes Cynthia Littleton. "The comedian who died at 80 in September had a limited film resume, to be sure, but she became a fixture of Hollywood’s awards season for her caustic red carpet hosting gigs."

As we write, Lady Gaga is singing a "Sound of Music" medley. You couldn't make it up. But you could switch channels. 

Lady Gaga performs at the Oscars. Photo: AP

6:01 A.M. John Travolta is in the house!

Talk about Teflon Travolta. Idina Menzel and John Travolta present the Best Original Song, and it's a genuinely funny routine! They're introduced by this Harris line: "Benedict Cumberbatch ... the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck."

The award for Best Song goes to "Selma" for "Glory." Given that the song had just brought the house down (and saw David Oyelowo weeping like a Best Actress winner), maybe that's no surprise (and assuages some guilt for the film's being overlooked in most other categories). "We live in the most incarcerated country in the world," says John Legend, in a powerful, overtly political speech alongside Common.  

Idina Menzel and John Travolta present the award for best original song at the Oscars.' Photo: AP

5:50 A.M. 'CitizenFour' wins Best Documentary Feature

Somewhere in Moscow, Edward Snowden is celebrating, as Laura Poitras' acclaimed documentary about the NSA defector wins Best Doc. Unless the news was leaked to him already, of course. "Edward Snowden could not be here tonight for some strange reason," quips Harris, who seems in need of an energy boost. Don't we all.

5:43 A.M. 'Whiplash' wins for best film editing

Tom Cross is the surprise winner for Damien Chazelle's low-budget jazz-drumming pic "Whiplash." We can't tell you much about Cross - or whether he was rushing or dragging during his acceptance speech - but we can tell you that the Catholic Chazelle spent several years being educated at a liberal synagogue and visited Israel as part of his studies.

5:30 A.M. In memoriam

The Academy pays its respects to a depressingly long list of talent that passed away in the last 12 months, including Mickey Rooney, Paul Mazursky, James Garner, James Rebhorn, Menahem Golan, Anita Ekberg, H.R. Giger, Vira Lisi, Louis Jourdan, Gordon Willis, Richard Attenborough, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Robin Williams, Rod Taylor, Stewart Stern, Luise Rainer, Lauren Bacall, Eli Wallach, Frank Yablans, Alain Resnais, Bob Hoskins and Mike Nichols. Needless to say, it honors them with a song.

Jennifer Hudson performs at the 87th Oscars. Photo: AFP

5:24 A.M. 'Birdman' wins its first award of night for Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki wins his second Academy Award in a row. He follows last year's win for "Gravity" with an Oscar for his stunning work on "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." Some people might call that greedy; we call it richly deserved.

Now things are going to get interesting. Will "Grand Budapest Hotel" repeat its technical award wins in the main categories, or will "Birdman" or "Boyhood" stake their claim? We'll only have to hear 75 other songs before we find out. 

5:20 A.M. Third Oscar of the night for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wes Anderson's movie scores a hat-trick, this time netting Best Production Design. Perhaps the biggest shock is that Anderson's movies don't win this category every time. By the way, is Anderson the youngest-looking 45-year-old in the world?  

5:16 A.M. Is there an award for best acceptance speech?

If so, Patricia Arquette is a shoo-in for her effort. "Every woman who gave birth, paid their taxes... we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality!" she declared at the end of her speech, earning a particularly big cheer from Meryl Streep.

Jared Leto presents Patricia Arquette with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Boyhood.' Photo: AP

5:10 A.M. 'Big Hero 6' wins Best Animated Feature Film

Disney's warm and fluffy cartoon beats "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Boxtrolls." We can't believe we missed the first five in the franchise, but the biggest question now is what they call the sequel. 

5:03 A.M. 'Interstellar' wins for Best Visual Effects

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular wins for best effects, beating (among others) "Guardians of the Galaxy," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." And "Feast" wins Best Animated Short.

Host Neil Patrick Harris strips on stage at the Oscars. Photo: AP

5:00 A.M. The story so far

Host Neil Patrick Harris strips down to his underwear for the sake of a joke (a good one), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood") win the best supporting actor awards; "Ida" wins Best Foreign Language Film; "Grand Budapest Hotel" takes two Oscars for costume design and makeup/hairstyling. And Israeli short "Aya" misses out on best Live Action Short.

4:51 A.M. Patricia Arquette wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role

'Boyhood' star Arquette is the winner for her work on Richard Linklater's movie, which was filmed over the course of 12 years. Interestingly, Arquette had to agree not to have any facial work done during those 12 years - no wonder she won! Arquette gives a rousing acceptance speech, calling for equal rights for women in America. 

4:45 A.M. 'Whiplash' wins its second Oscar of the night

Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley win Best Sound Mixing for their work on the drumming drama "Whiplash." The other sound award, for Sound Editing, is won by "American Sniper," making it the film's first award of the evening.

4:36 A.M. So, how many songs were nominated this year?

Tim McGraw is now performing the Glen Campbell song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Lovely as the song is, it does kind of suck the energy out of the ceremony. Just wait till they start playing the original scores in their entirety.

Bad luck to "Aya" in the Best Live Action Short. Oded Binnum and Mihal Brezis' film only just made it into the category, clocking in at the maximum 40 minutes, but still won a lot of plaudits. You can view the trailer here:

4:28 A.M. 'Crisis Hotline' wins Best Documentary Short Subject

Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry win the Best Documentary Short with a moving acceptance speech for their movie "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1." The Academy really needs to lose the concept of playing off winners with music after 45 seconds. For starters, it's not working. For seconds, it's demeaning and these people deserve their moment in the sun. 

4:25 A.M. Best live action short film goes to ... 'The Phone Call'

British short "The Phone Call," starring Sally Hawkins, pips Israel's Oscar hope "Aya" to the Best Live Action Short. Director Matt Kirby introduces perhaps the first use of "bugger" at an Oscars ceremony in his speech.

4:18 A.M. From 'Ida' to' 'Awesome'

Poland's black-and-white drama was the first surprise winner of the night, beating the hotly fancied "Leviathan" from Russia and Argentina's "Wild Tales" to claim Best Foreign-Language Film. How to follow that? Sara and Tegan and The Lonely Island (and a cast of hundreds) singing "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie," of course! Given that film's surprise shut-out in the Best Animated Feature category, it's a shoo-in for Best Original Song, surely?

Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island perform 'Everything Is Awesome' from 'The Lego Movie.' Photo: AFP

4:10 A.M. 'Ida' wins Best Foreign-Language Film

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski accepts his award with a relaxed speech ("Life is full of surprises") and manages to talk his way through the music that's meant to stop him talking. Brilliant!

Winner for Best Foreign Language Film"Ida" (Poland) Pawel Pawlikowski addresses the audience. Photo: AFP

4:05 A.M. The story so far...

Thirty-five minutes in, and three Oscars have been handed out - two to "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the other to J.K. Simmons. Neil Patrick Harris started the evening in fine style ("Tonight we honor film's whitest, I mean brightest..."), and Lupita Nyong'o made a mess of handing out the Best Supporting Actor ("The actor goes to..."). Hey, we'd be nervous, too.

4:01 A.M. 'Grand Budapest Hotel' wins Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Reese Witherspoon hands out the second (unsurprising) Academy Award of the evening to Wes Anderson's movie.

Reese Witherspoon arrives on stage at the 87th Oscars. Photo: AP

3:58 A.M. Milena Canonero wins Best Costume Design for 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

No suprises here. Canonero wins her fourth Academy Award for her glittering work on Wes Anderson's spectacular comedy. 

3:50 A.M. Dakota Johnson ('50 Shades of Grey') introduces Adam Levine

Twenty minutes in and we already onto the second song of the night, as Maroon 5 singer Levine performs Oscar-nominated "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again." We also get the first Harvey Weinstein joke of the night ("Chris Kyle had 160 confirmed kills. Or as Harvey Weinstein would call it, a slow morning"). 

3:41 A.M. J.K. Simmons wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Whiplash'

First Oscar of the evening goes to 60-year-old Simmons for his scary-intense turn as a drum teacher at a New York jazz academy, making the life of a Jewish student (Miles Teller) a living hell. Simmons thanks his wife and children, and advises children everywhere to phone their folks - don't text, talk!

J.K. Simmons receives the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for 'Whiplash.' Photo: Reuters

3:30 A.M. The Oscars are underway

Neil Patrick Harris gets the 87th Annual Awards underway in fine style, bursting into song - after about five seconds - with a number about "Moving Pictures" (aided by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black). 

Host Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick perform onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Photo: AFP

Host Neil Patrick Harris performs at the Oscars. Photo: AFP

2:40 A.M. Oscar hopefuls hit red carpet

Rain stopped in time for the most famous of red carpets, where Hollywood's A-list celebrities and nominees arrived bedecked in black tie and glamorous gowns for a night steeped in Hollywood lore.

Among the first was Patricia Arquette, favorite to win best supporting actress for her role as a struggling single mother in "Boyhood," a film made by Richard Linklater over 12 years with the same cast.

The actress, surrounded by family and dressed in a black and white gown, evoked the message of the film: "That everyday human beings are beautiful and our lives are beautiful." (Reuters) 

Nominee for Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars. Photo: AP

Meryl Streep attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Photo: AFP

Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Photo: AFP

Nominee for Best Supporting Actor Ethan Hawke and his wife Ryan arrive on the red carpet. Photo: AFP

Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe arrive at the Oscars. Photo: AP

'50 Shades of Grey' actress Dakota Johnson arrives at the Oscars with her mother Melanie Griffith. Photo: Reuters

Host Neil Patrick Harris. Photo: AFP

Nominee for Best Actress Rosamund Pike attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Photo: AFP

Nominee for Best Actress Marion Cotillard arrives on the red carpet. Photo: AFP

Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton arrives on the red carpet. Photo: AP

Best Supporting Actor nominee J.K. Simmons and Michelle Schumacher arrive at the Oscars. Photo: AP