2015 Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Mexican-born Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman captured Hollywood's top honor at the 87th annual Academy Awards Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past won best picture. The annual awards — which came in humbled by backlash to its all-white acting nominees — bristled with politics and heartfelt speeches about women's rights, immigration, suicide prevention and race. Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) also won best director for Inarritu as well best original screenplay and best cinematography.

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An Oscar statue is seen during a press event held by Filmstudios Babelsberg in Potsdam, eastern Germany following the sucess of the "Grand Budapest Hotel" at the Oscars on February 23, 2015. The film, which was awarded 4 Oscars, Best original soundtrack, Best costume design, Best make-up / hairstyling and Best production design, was co-produced by Filmstudios Babelsberg. AFP PHOTO / DPA / RALF HIRSCHBERGER
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Tegan Quin and Sara Quin of "Tegan and Sara" and Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone of "The Lonely Island" perform "Everything Is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Don Hall (C) accepts the Best Animated Feature Award for "Big Hero 6" with Chris Williams and Roy Conli onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (C) with cast and crew accept the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Nominee for Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (C) and actress Naomi Watts (R) present the award to the Winner for Best Film Editing 'Whiplash' Tom Cross onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Jessica Chastain (R) presents the award to the Winner of the Best Cinematogrphy Award for 'Birdman', Emmanuel Lubezki onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Oprah Winfrey (L) and Patricia Arquette onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actress Idina Menzel presents the award to the Winner of Best Original Song Award for 'Glory' from 'Selma' to musicians Common and John Legend onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Ethan Hawks attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Musicians Common and John Legend (R) accept the Best Original Song Award for 'Glory' from 'Selma' from actors Idina Menzel and John Travolta onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Host Neil Patrick Harris (L) and actress Anna Kendrick onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors J.K. Simmons (L) and Lupita Nyong'o onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin (L) and Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton (R) accepts the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Costume designer Milena Canonero accepts the Costume Design Award for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Sienna Miller during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Filmmakers Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, Lindsay Mills, and filmmaker Mathilde Bonnefoy accept Best Documentary Feature for 'Citizenfour' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Host Neil Patrick Harris (L) during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Chris Pratt (L) and Anna Faris during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture, for 'Birdman' attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: General view of atmosphere during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Michael Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accept the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Pawel Pawlikowski (R) accepts Best Foreign Language Film for 'Ida' from actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor David Oyelowo (L) and director Ava DuVernay onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Zoe Saldana (L) and Marco Perego attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Jones during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Sound editor Alan Robert Murray (R) accepts Best Sound Editing for 'American Sniper' from actors Sienna Miller and Chris Evans onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Director Andrey Zvyagintsev, producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Sound mixer Ben Wilkins (L) accepts Best Sound Mixing for 'Whiplash' from actor Chris Evans onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP