Best: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Speeches
The Mexican filmmaker had not one, not two but three chances to give speeches — for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Each one of them had grace notes, starting with Iñárritu thanking his cast and making sure his co-writers got their moment. During speech Number Two, he joked that he was wearing Michael Keaton's tighty-whiteys from the film, as part of his "good-luck charm" outfit. And then, upon taking the stage with Birdman's producers and actors, he used his time to stump for immigration reform. (Coming after Penn's remark, it helped make the actor's introduction somehow seem less toxic.) Funny, heartfelt, grateful, socially conscious — these thank-yous reminded you that Iñárritu is not just an extremely talented moviemaker but also a class act.