Oscars kick off with humor and award for 'Whiplash' actor

February 23, 2015 1:48 AM

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 87th Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday with a humorous nod toward the lack of diversity among nominees for Hollywood's highest honors and the night's first recognition of a veteran actor.

As predicted, J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar, the first of his career, for his role as a monstrous music teacher in the independent film "Whiplash."

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