Neil Patrick Harris oversaw proceedings as the stars came out for a night of wisecracks, musical numbers and emotional speeches.
Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel each won four Oscars while crowd favorite Boyhood only nabbed one.
Distance often lends perspective for the Academy Awards Best Picture category.
Behind the kooky japes, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' hides the kaleidoscopic mind of Stefan Zweig.
The quirky 'Grand Budapest Hotel' was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical.