87th Academy Awards

The ceremony was held in Los Angeles on Feb. 22

‘Birdman’ takes flight at Oscars

Films that touched the heart faced off against movies that swaggered with craft, and the Oscars went for craft.

Oscar winners and nominees

The films and actors that took the awards.

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Neil Patrick Harris is a pro at hosting, and it showed during the ABC telecast in his endlessly relaxed and open energy.

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Should we need reminding, the Oscars are not the Golden Globes. Neil Patrick Harris opened the 87th Academy Awards with gag that seemed compulsory in its loneliness.

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John Travolta was probably blissfully unaware of how grossed out everyone was by the objectively creepy kiss he planted on Scarlett Johansson.

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The singer received a standing ovation for her performance, and it was heartwarming, sure. But too much, much too late.

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Host Lara Spencer dropped an awkward-bomb by asking already blushing mother Melanie Griffith if she’d seen daughter’s performance in “50 Shades of Grey.”

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Perhaps the greatest achievement of this year’s Oscars is trophy-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s defiance of the most fundamental physics of awards shows.

Recap

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The actor hosted the ceremony for the first time. Read commentary about show highlights from Globe writers.

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Arquette’s Oscar acceptance speech spoke to a distinction in the wage inequality research: There’s not so much a gender pay gap as there is a motherhood pay gap.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP (both center and right)

On Oscar red carpet, white takes the night

Contrary to the experiences of weather-weary Bostonians this last month, Sunday night’s Oscar Awards made a strong case for the snowy shade.

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Lupita Nyong'o on the red carpet before Sunday’s ceremony.

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At Sunday night’s Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences proved the power of math. That’s right, math.

the 2015 academy awards

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The Globe’s Ty Burr and Janice Page share their choices for who will win, who should win, who shouldn’t be nominated, and who was robbed.

Ty Burr

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/462927852.jpg The future has arrived at the Oscars

This year, films vying for top prizes are more independent, eccentric, and personal. Is this an aberration, or are movies changing? Both.

@Large

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/oscarstatueiphone_150-4178.jpg Night of the thinkpieces

Can you not hear them coming? An unruly horde lurches forth, hungry for brains. For Oscars night is the night of the thinkpieces.

Examiner

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A closer look at the 87th Academy Awards, airing Sunday at 7 p.m.

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Here are six worthy nominees overlooked by Oscar, including Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and “The Overnighters.”

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Seven of the eight films nominated for best picture use so-called “descriptive” technology that makes them more accessible to the visually impaired.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/3-002.jpg Sorting through the Oscar documentary nominees

A look at this year’s five nominees for best documentary Oscar.

opinion | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

A guide to the 2015 Best Picture nominees

One woman’s personal key to this year’s list for the top Oscar.

opinion | Renee Graham

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Perhaps the film’s greatest failing for its critics is to remind us that these battles are still being waged today.

 

Globe critics talk Oscars

A year in film

Ty Burr

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The movies that seemed to matter most in 2014 concerned characters who are their own worst enemies.

Four stars go to...

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These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

Movie capsules

Movie Stars

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Includes “Kill Me Three Times” and “White God.”