This year's Best Director race was a tough one, but in the end, the Oscar for Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman . This was a bit of surprise especially if you're a fan of Boyhood. According to several sources who made predictions for this year's Academy Awards, the Oscar was Richard Linklater's to lose for his 12-years-in-the-making epic Boyhood, with Alejandro González Iñárritu putting up a fight with his artistic and stylized Birdman. But, in the end, González Iñárritu came out on top.
The basis for Linklater being expected to win was based on the fact that he'd already won Best Director Golden Globe, Best Director BAFTA award, and Critics Choice award this year. On the other hand, González Iñárritu won the Director's Guild's honor for Best Director. Well, looks like his fellow director's knew best, because he took home the Oscar as well.
Nominated along with González Iñárritu and Linklater were Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game, and Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Earlier in the night, Birdman also took home awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Accepting the award, Alejandro González Iñárritu, appropriately, kept things all about the art of filmmaking with a touching speech. He also called Michael Keaton the "maestro of maestros" so that's pretty damn awesome.