“Who gave this son of a b*tch his green card?”: On the Oscars stage, there’s no such thing as a joke between friends

February 23, 2015 2:13 PM

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Alejandro González Iñárritu had a very big night last night. His Hollywood redemption tale “Birdman,” which did not net Michael Keaton the belated Academy Award he deserved for “Beetlejuice” but still managed to take home many of the night’s top honors, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, brought Iñárritu Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. As presenter Sean Penn did the honors for the final award of the night, he opened the envelope, saw Iñárritu’s name and blurted out: “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card? ‘Birdman!’”

It’s funny (?) because Iñárritu is from Mexico, but he works in Hollywood. Eddie Redmayne, a Brit, upset fan favorite Keaton for the Best Actor trophy and received no such ribbing, as Cate Blanchett, an Australian, missed her opportunity to go land an immigration gag during his big moment.

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