Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attends the 87th Academy Awards - 21st Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Oscar Party at BOA Steakhouse on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration, suicide and equal rights.

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