Mexicans are rejoicing at the Oscar victories of native son Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and embracing his remarks that are widely seen as a criticism of their government. Gonzalez Inarritu responded to his best picture award for "Birdman" by expressing hope Mexico "can find and build the government that we deserve." National pride over his victory is so great that even the country's ruling party sent congratulations, despite the seeming swipe.

There's more uncertainty over actor Sean Penn's quip as he announced the award. He asked "Who gave this son of a [expletive] his green card?" The director said it was a joke between longtime friends, and many Mexicans took it that way. However some Mexicans say they found it offensive.

Stars use Oscars for platform

Meryl Streep leapt to her feet cheering, pointing and shouting, "Yes! Yes!" as Patricia Arquette ended her Oscar acceptance speech with a call for women's rights. "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen in this nation: We have fought for everybody else's equal rights. It's our time to have wage equality in the U.S.," said Arquette, who won best supporting actress for portraying the mother in "Boyhood."

Graham Moore, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "The Imitation Game," said in his acceptance speech that he had tried to kill himself as a teenager.

"When I was 16, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong," he said. "I would like this moment to be for the kid out there who feels like she's weird and different and feels like she doesn't belong. … Yes, you do."

Backstage, Moore said he saw the public moment as a rare opportunity "to say something meaningful."

When singer-songwriter John Legend took the stage for his best song win (alongside Common, for the "Selma" hit "Glory), he stressed that the events from the civil rights film weren't simply concerns of the past. " 'Selma' is now, because the struggle for justice is right now," he said, adding, "There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850."

viewers down: An estimated 36.6 million people watched the Academy Awards telecast on ABC, a drop of 16 percent from 2014. The Nielsen company said it wasas its lowest since 2009, when "Slumdog Millionaire" was named best picture.

Associated Press