One of the haziest Best Picture races in recent memory has been settled: "Birdman" took home the grand prize at Sunday's Oscars.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's tale of a washed-up actor's attempt to stage a career renaissance topped "American Sniper," "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything" and "Whiplash." It previously won top prizes from the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America, placing it in a heated contest with Richard Linklater's longtime purported front-runner "Boyhood."
"Birdman," the second of Iñárritu's films to earn a Best Picture nomination after "Babel," won three other Oscars: Best Director (Iñárritu), Best Original Screenplay (Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). It was also nominated for Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Sound Mixing (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga) and Best Sound Editing (Aaron Glascock and Martín Hernández).
Iñárritu called for respect and dignity for all immigrants during his speech:
While Michael Keaton was, well, Michael Keaton:
For a full list of Oscar winners, head here.