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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