LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman" has captured Hollywood's top honor at the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took won best picture at a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality.

Oscars voters opted for a movie that epitomizes much of Hollywood — showy, ego-mad, desperate for artistic credibility — over one ("Boyhood") that prized naturalism and patience. "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" also won best director for Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best original screenplay and best cinematography.

"Maybe next year the government will inflict immigration restrictions," said Innaritu, recalling last year's best director winner, Alfonso Cuaron. "Two Mexicans in a row. That's suspicious, I guess."