It was a tough competition -- "Birdman" was up against the equally favorited "Boyhood," as well as Clint Eastwood's colossal hit "American Sniper," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," and "Whiplash." But in the end, the quirky story of an actor past his prime won out -- and director Alejandro González Iñárritu giddily took the stage to accept the award from presenter Sean Penn, minutes after winning another trophy for Best Director.
"Maybe next year the government will inflict some immigration rules to the Academy," Iñárritu joked, after Penn made an "interesting" jab about the Mexican director's green card.
The film's stars Emma Stone and Michael Keaton stormed the stage as well, with Keaton -- who lost Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne -- joking that he was just so happy to be there.
Of course, like many other speeches throughout the night, Iñárritu ended on a serious note -- telling Mexican viewers at home that he "prays that we can find and build the government that we deserve," and U.S. immigrants that he hopes they have a better experience than the others that went before them.
... Which was fitting, since Iñárritu was the only person of color nominated in one of the big six categories (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and Director) during a year that quickly became infamous for its diversity problem. (See host Neil Patrick Harris' epic burn for proof.)
So, what do you think? Were you happy that "Birdman" won, or were you pulling for "Boyhood?" Let us know in the comments!