Eddie Redmayne wins Oscar as Birdman named Best Picture

'Birdman' has won the coveted Best Picture award at the Oscars along with honours for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Britain's Eddie Redmayne took the best actor Oscar for his portrayal as physicist Stephen Hawking in the biographical movie 'The Theory of Everything.'

Julianne Moore claimed the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 'Still Alice'.

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Arquette demands 'equal rights for women' in Oscars speech

A serious tone was set early by Patricia Arquette who brought the house down with a speech demanding "equal rights for women".

The actress, named best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood, accepted her award from last year's best supporting actor Jared Leto.

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To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.

– Patricia Arquette

Redmayne dedicates Oscar to 'all those battling ALS'

British Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne dedicated his award to all those people battling motor neurone disease (known as ALS in America), the illness which has left Professor Stephen Hawking in a wheelchair.

Redmayne paid passionate tribute to the Hawking family after he won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the famous physicist in The Theory of Everything.

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I don't think I'm capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I'm fully aware that I'm a lucky, lucky man.

This award belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS.

I will be its custodian and I promise you I will look after him, I will polish him, I will answer his beck and call and wait on him hand and foot.

– Eddie Redmayne

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A list of winners in major Academy Award categories

Eddie Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has hosted the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Below is a list of winners in leading categories.

  • Best Picture: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
  • Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
  • Best Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
  • Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
  • Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
  • Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"
  • Best Original Screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
  • Best Foreign Language Film: "Ida" (Poland)
  • Best Animated Feature Film: "Big Hero 6"
  • Best Documentary Feature: "CitizenFour"
  • Best Original Song: "Glory," from "Selma"
  • Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"
  • Best Visual Effects: "Interstellar"

'Birdman' wins Academy Award for Best Picture

Michael Keaton missed out on the Best Actor award but 'Birdman' won the Best Film honour. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

'Birdman' has won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Accepting the best picture Oscar, Alejandro G. Inarritu joked that the academy should bring in "immigration rules" after his win followed Alfonso Cuaron's success last year with Gravity.

He said: "Two Mexicans in a row, that's suspicious I guess". The film's star, Michael Keaton, praised Inarritu for being "as bold as bold can be".

Julianne Moore claims Oscar for Best Actress

Julianne Moore plays a woman struggling with dementia in 'Still Alice'. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Julianne Moore has won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in 'Still Alice'.

The win is the veteran actress's first Academy Award after being nominated four times previously. The 54-year-old was favoUred to win this year's prize after picking up Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA awards earlier this year.

Accepting her award Moore said: "Thank you so much. I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that's true I'd really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me."

The actress added: "I'm so happy. I'm thrilled actually that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer's disease. So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalised."

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Oscars 2015: Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor award

Eddie Redmayne poses with his Oscar for best actor nominee for his role in "The Theory of Everything". Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Eddie Redmayne has won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 'The Theory of Everything'.

Speaking backstage after the ceremony in Los Angeles, Redmayne said: "For Stephen Hawking, the illness was of little interest to him. He lives forward, passionately."

On making the movie, he said: "When I watch a film, I believe what I see on screen. We felt a responsibility to tell their story."

The 33-year-old joked that the best actor win will give him some peace of mind about his future career.

"I've always had to fight for jobs. Retaining employment will keep me very happy," he said.

Joan Rivers not included in Oscars memorial segment

Comedian Joan Rivers used to comment on fashion from Oscars the red carpet. Credit: MM/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The Oscars has sparked some controversy after comic Joan Rivers was missed out by its In Memoriam section.

Actor John Barrowman tweeted his surprise at her exclusion.

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