The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, were held on February 22. They are one of the world’s most famous movie awards and are held annually in Los Angeles, U.S.A. The movie Birdman won 4 awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Birdman is a movie about an actor who once played the role of a superhero. The Grand Budapest Hotel also won 4 awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Costume Design. The movie is about the adventures of an employee at a hotel. The Best Actress award went to Julianne Moore for her role in the movie Still Alice. The Best Actor award went to Eddie Redmayne for his role in the movie The Theory of Everything. The Best Animated Feature Film award was won by Big Hero 6, a movie about a robotics genius who forms a superhero team to fight a villain.
At the Oscars ceremony, Lady Gaga sang songs from the movie The Sound of Music. It was to pay tribute to the film which was released 50 years ago, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The first Oscars were held in 1929. The winners at the Awards are given an “Oscar”, a 13½ inches tall statuette of a knight on a reel of film holding a sword. It is unclear how the nickname came about, but one popular story is that a librarian who worked for the Academy mentioned that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar.
The Razzie Awards, also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, were held a day before the Oscars in Los Angeles. These are considered to be an “Academy Awards spoof”. Oscars celebrate the best in films, whereas Razzies pick the worst. The Razzie Award for the worst film of 2014 went to “Saving Christmas”. The Razzies were started in 1981, and the trophy awarded is a golden raspberry on a film reel. These awards got the name “Raspberry” from the term “blowing a raspberry”, where people make a sound with their lips when they look down upon something.
You can watch Lady Gaga’s performance here.
Image Credits: http://www.razzies.com/ for Razzies’ image, http://oscar.go.com/ for the Oscar Logo’s image
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