LOS ANGELES (AP) — It wasn't clear if he had called his mother, as Oscar's first winner of the evening implored the world to do, but Alejandro González Iñárritu did urge the media gathered backstage after the Academy Awards to give her a shout out.
He said he overlooked doing so himself when his brain turned into a "noodle" as he was accepting Oscars for best director and best picture for "Birdman."
"I owe this for my mom," he said backstage. "My mom is part of this journey."
There was many a mention of matriarchs and patriarchs throughout the show, starting most famously with best supporting actor winner J.K. Simmons urging everyone to call — not text or email — their parents.
Parents also had a visible presence in the crowd.
Best adapted screenplay winner Graham Moore had his mom by his side, as did best supporting actress nominee Emma Stone. "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson also brought along her mother, actress-mom Melanie Griffith.
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