Oscar recap: The good, the bird and the ugly

Posted on 23 Feb 2015 at 11:12am

OscarsAs expected, Birdman won the majority of the  big awards Sunday, taking best picture, director and original screenplay but there were some other notable results. as well.

For the second year in a row, a gay host Neil Patrick Harris (following Ellen DeGeneres) led the festivities. Unlike Ellen, NPH seemed not to read the audience well and many jokes bombed following a great opening number.

The best actress winner for Still Alice,  Julianne Moore, 54, became the first actress in history to win the leading actress Oscar while in her 50s. She also can claim another distinction: She won her Oscar directed by two gay men, who got their start in hardcore gay porn.

The adapted screenplay award went The Imitation Game about gay mathematician Alan Turing. The winning screenwriter, Graham Moore, gave a passionate speech about growing up “different” that read like an It Gets Better video … Though after he said he was not himself gay.  Hmmm.

Lesbian filmmaker Laura Poitras, who focused not just on Edward Snowden but gay journalist Glenn Greenwald, took the best documentary feature award for Citizenfour.

Foxcatcher, which implied a strange, homoerotic obsession by the murderous John DuPont (best actor loser Steve Carell),  walked away with no wins in five nominations, including a miss for the putty noses used to transform the actors.

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