23 February 2015
Last updated at 05:01
Redmayne paid tribute to the Hawking family in his speech
British actor Eddie Redmayne wins best actor at this year’s Oscars for his role in The Theory of Everything.
He thanked his “staggering partner in crime”, co-star Felicity Jones, “ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh”, and his wife and family.
Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrito won best director.
Boyhood star Patricia Arquette was named best supporting actress at the ceremony in Los Angeles. JK Simmons won best supporting actor for Whiplash.
Arquette thanked “her Boyhood family” and “every woman who gave birth”.
“To every woman… we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality,” she added, to huge applause from the audience.
Simmons, who played a strict drumming teacher at a music conservatory in Whiplash, paid tribute to his family, including his “remarkable” wife and “above average children”.
It was Simmons’ first Oscar nomination.
JK Simmons plays a strict music teacher in Whiplash
His fellow nominees included Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Robert Duvall (The Judge).
Whiplash also won the award for best editing and best sound mixing.
The Grand Budapest Hotel picked up best costume design (Milena Canonero), as well as best hair and make-up, (British duo Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier). It also won best score and production design.
Hannon thanked actor Bill Murray for introducing her to director Wes Anderson on the set of his film Rushmore 17 years earlier.
Another British duo, Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, picked up the award for best live short action film, The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.
Dark comedy Birdman won best cinematography and best original screenplay, while Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won best adapted screenplay.
Best foreign language film went to Polish black and white family drama Ida.
Host Neil Patrick Harris also appears in the film Gone Girl
John Legend and Common’s track Glory, from civil rights drama Selma, won best song.
Legend said: “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world… people are marching with our song… we are with you, march on.”
Emmanuel Lubezko won the best cinematography Oscar for the second year running for Birdman. Last year, he won for Gravity.
Citizenfour, which chronicles one of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history, won best documentary feature.
It shows former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, at the very moment he made his sensational revelations detailing extensive internet and phone surveillance by the US government.
Best documentary short was won by Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, about the counsellors who help military veterans on a 24-hour phone helpline.
Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama American Sniper won the award for best sound editing.
The 87th Academy Awards take place at Hollywood’s 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre.
Host Neil Patrick Harris promised “a hint of magic” while performers at this year’s ceremony included Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick.
He kicked off with a song which paid homage to Hollywood’s film industry, accompanied by Kendrick and Jack Black.
There are eight contenders for best picture:
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
Birdman and Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel began the night with nine nominations each. The Imitation Game, with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as WW2 codebreaking genius Alan Turing, had eight.
Julianne Moore is up for best actress for her role in Still Alice
Clint Eastwood’s true-life Iraq war tale American Sniper and Boyhood had six apiece.
The best picture prize is widely predicted to either go to dark comedy Birdman or coming of age drama Boyhood.
The directors of both films did their best on the red carpet to play down any rivalry, with Birdman’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu calling the supposed competition “so silly” and Linklater saying he loved Birdman.
“It’s a real tribute for two films that aren’t traditional stories, crazy stories,” said Linklater, who filmed the coming of age movie over 12 years with the same actors.
Boyhood director Richard Linklater turned up with best actor nominee Ethan Hawke
Meet the Oscars nominees
- Best picture
- Best director
- Best actor
- Best actress
- Best supporting actor
- Best supporting actress
Felicity Jones and Reese Witherspoon are rivals in the best actress category
British actresses in contention alongside Felicity Jones include Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike.
Moore is the clear favourite to win best actress for her role as a lecturer with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.
But she wasn’t counting her chickens.
“I have been in this business a long time,” Moore said on the red carpet. “It doesn’t always happen.”