Well, we're done. Another Oscar ceremony ends, and with it, another awards season and another year of Tech Support here at In Contention.
The ripples from the 87th Academy Awards will be felt for years to come. Most are positive, some are negative, but beyond a disappointingly long and unfunny telecast this wasn't an Oscar season that will be forgotten anytime soon.
HOLLYWOOD — On a night that saw a lot of stars using the Oscar stage as a platform to discuss social issues, John Legend and Common made one of the biggest impressions when accepting the award for Best Original Song -- and it continued backstage.
When it comes to the fun of predicting the Oscars, I'm as much of a stat hound as the next guy. I've always delighted in mentioning this notable or that and what it could mean. But, of course, contextualizing that information is of the utmost importance; the silliest thing you can do is lean on this information to guide your understanding of a season. One such stat has stood for so long its become religion to some, but happily, it crumbled this year.
A lot will be written about this awards season, its break-neck twists and turns, how it seemed to be pointing in one direction but ended up swerving into another. But we've been here before, watching the frontrunner burn too bright too early and lose pace in the end. It's not the film's fault. It's the fickle nature of the season, and the often intangible nature of momentum.
HOLLYWOOD — Of all the Oscar winners backstage, Julianne Moore may have been the most ebullient.
Speeches from Patricia Arquette, JK Simmons, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore took our breath away.
Host Neil Patrick Harris did too, in a totally different way.
The HitFix team breaks down the highs and lows of the 2015 Academy Awards, from the musical numbers out of John Legend, Common and Lady Gaga, to the pre-planned bits with Octavia Spencer and a briefcase.
How do you feel the producers did with the In Memoriam section this year? And did John Travolta get what he deserved?
Check out the full winners' list from the 2015 Oscars here.
And here are all the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet photos that you'll ever need.
HOLLYWOOD — "I want to dedicate this to my son Evan Perry. We lost him to suicide. We should talk about suicide out loud. This is for him."
One of the season's undeniable steamrollers, if there were any, was Laura Poitros' documentary "CITIZENFOUR," capturing the plight of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the media firestorm that surrounded his actions in 2013. Snowden has responded to the win via his representatives at the American Civil Liberties Union.
If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event.