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Birdman took home the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night.
Sean Penn presented the award to director Alejandro G. Inarritu. Sharing the stage with Inarritu were the film’s cast and crew, including Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Before announcing the winner, Penn exclaimed, “Who gave this son of a b—- his green card?” referring to the Mexican-born director. Inarritu then gave a poignant acceptance speech, dedicating his award to “my fellow Mexicans.”
He continued: “I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve, and the ones that live in this country, who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.”
After accepting his best picture trophy, Inarritu responded to Penn’s opening “green card” joke backstage saying, “I found it hilarious. Sean and I have that kind of brutal relationship. I think it was very funny.”
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th Annual Academy Awards, which is being broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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