Hollywood, CA (February 23, 2015)—Birdman grabbed the prestigious prizes at the Academy Awards celebration on Sunday, February 22, 2015, but Oscar spread the love in the craft categories, recognizing American Sniper and Whiplash for best sound.
Oscar tapped Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman for Best Sound Editing for their work on American Sniper. It was the seventh Academy Award nomination for Murray and the fifth Academy Award nomination for Asman. Both previously won for Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) which, like American Sniper, was directed by Clint Eastwood.
First-time nominees Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley won for Best Sound Mixing for Whiplash, beating out the big-budget competition.
In other sound-related categories, “Glory” from Selma was a popular winner for Best Original Song, bringing Oscar gold to writers John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn. The win followed a moving live performance by John Legend and Common—the stage names of the two songwriters—plus a cast of extras.
Best Original Score went to Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel; Desplat was also nominated for The Imitation Game, marking the seventh and eighth nominations for the French composer, who had not previously won.