'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

( Agencies ) Updated: 2015-02-23 12:49:42

'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win

Director Laura Poitras accepts the award for Best Documentary for her film "Citizenfour" at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 21, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

A bridge between the young and old, pop diva Lady Gaga received a standing ovation for her medley of tunes from "The Sound of Music" before introducing that film's star, Julie Andrews.

Poland's "Ida" clinched best foreign-language film and director Pawel Pawlikowski pushed the 45-second acceptance speech boundary to thank "my Polish friends who are in front of the TV, the crew who were in the trenches with us and who are totally drunk now, and you were fantastic."

Best documentary went to "Citizenfour," director Laura Poitras' feature about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who detailed the secret mass surveillance programs.

"The subject of 'Citizenfour,' Edward Snowden, could not be here for some treason," joked Harris.


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