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Grand Budapest Hotel, Citizenfour take Oscars

DPA/The Local · 23 Feb 2015, 08:28

Published: 23 Feb 2015 08:28 GMT+01:00

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Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel", which was a German co-production, took home awards for Best Original Score, Best Production Design,  Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hair.

The director and writer lost in both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories, despite high hopes for writer-director Anderson.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" was filmed in Germany, with the Görlitzer Warenhaus standing in as the eponymous setting.

The latest offering from Anderson also opened Berlinale in 2014 and took home the film festival's Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear award.

Taking home the trophy for Best Documentary was "Citizenfour", the documentary on National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been living in Moscow under asylum since August 2013.

The film is directed by American director Laura Poitras, who calls Berlin her home. "Citizenfour" was also a German co-production.

Poitras was one of three journalists who met Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, where he disclosed the extent of the NSA's activities.

Not all Teutonic nominees had luck though. Director Wim Wenders was nominated in "Citizenfour"'s category for "The Salt of the Earth".

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"Birdman" was the big winner of the night, taking home the statues for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and the award for Cinematography.

Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her turn in "Still Alice" while Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for portraying Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything".

In Germany, the broadcast suffered technical issues, which resulted in dedicated silver screen fans missing out on the first seven minutes. ProSieben, the network carrying the Oscars, blamed a faulty connection. 

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