Oscars 2015: 'Birdman' Wins Best Picture & More!
Birdman soared to new heights at Sunday night's 87th Academy Awards — taking home the awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography for Mexican Emmanuel Lubezki. Lubezki (aka "Chivo") also won an Oscar in 2014 for his work on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.
Before presenting the Best Picture award to Birdman, Sean Penn tactlessly joked about Iñárritu's immigration status. ("Who gave this SOB a green card?") The Mexicano responded with an emotional speech about his native country: "I want to dedicate this award to my fellow Mexicans. The ones who live in Mexico: I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve," he said, possibly referring to the controversy surrounding the 43 missing students in Iguala.
"And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrations in this country," he continued. "I pray that they can be treated with the same respect and dignity as the ones who came before and built this incredible, immigrant nation."
Wes Anderson's comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel also fared well at the awards show. The film, which stars Guatemalan actor Tony Revolori as Zero, took home four awards. Other notable Latino victories of the night included Big Hero 6, which won for Best Animated Feature Film. The movie features the voice of Genesis Rodriguez.
However, despite these wins, the show clearly and noticeably lacked a minority presence among its nominees. Host Neil Patrick Harris even began the evening with a serious truth bomb: "Tonight, we honor Hollywood's best and whitest."
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After being deemed the "whitest Oscars since 1998," the Academy made an obvious effort to feature more voices from female, Latino and black filmmakers and actors in Hollywood throughout the ceremony. In fact, Latinas Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lopez, and Zoe Saldaña all presented awards.
John Legend and Common also shared the stage for an unforgettable, emotional rendition of "Glory" from the film Selma. Later, they accepted the award together for Best Original Song, and gave a powerful speech about race in America. "It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live," Legend said. "Selma is now, because the struggle for freedom and justice is right now,"
In another particularly memorable moment that spoke to the night's theme of equality, Boyhood star Patricia Arquette gave a fiery speech about women in Hollywood while accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all," she said. "And equal rights for women in the U.S.A."
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Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons from Whiplash.
Achievement In Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero.
Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier.
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida from Poland.
Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call, Mat Kirby and James Lucas.
Best Documentary Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press I, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry.
Achievement In Sound Mixing: Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley.
Achievement In Sound Editing: American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman.
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette from Boyhood.
Achievement In Visual Effects: Intersteller, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher.
Best Animated Short: Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed.
Best Animated Film: Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli.
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock.
Best Cinematography: Birdman, Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki.
Achievement In Film Editing: Whiplash, Tom Cross.
Best Documentary Feature: Citizenfour, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutzky.
Best Original Song: "Glory" from Selma, John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn.
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat.
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game, Graham Moore.
Best Director: Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne from The Theory of Everything.
Best Actress: Julianne Moore from Still Alice.
Best Picture: Birdman.