Oscars 2015: J.K. Simmons Wins Best Supporting Actor
The 'Whiplash' actor took home his first Oscar on Sunday night.
J.K. Simmons took home his first Academy Award for best supporting actor on Sunday night for his performance in Whiplash.
Last year's best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o presented the award to Simmons, who beat out Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Duvall to take home the Oscar.
The Whiplash actor sincerely thanked his wife and kids at the podium and used his touching acceptance speech to encourage the audience to reach out to their own families.
"Call your mom. Call your dad," he said as he wrapped his speech. "If you’re lucky enough to have a parent -- or two -- alive on this planet, call them," he said as he wrapped his speech.
Simmons previously won the award for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards earlier this year.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards, which is being broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.