J.K. Simmons took home the Academy Award for best supporting actor Sunday night during the 2015 Oscars. Lupita Nyong'o, who won best supporting actress at the Academy Awards last year, presented the actor with the coveted gold statue.
Before naming the winner, Nyong’o quoted the late Robin Williams: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it.”
Simmons was up against Robert Duvall (“The Judge”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), Edward Norton (“Birdman”) and Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”).
"Wow, thank you to the academy. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of 'Whiplash,'" Simmons said when he took the stage. He then proceeded to thank his wife, Michelle Schumacher, for her "love, kindness, wisdom, sacrifice and patience."
Simmons added that he was thankful for his "above average children" -- who he joked was a "reflection" of their mother. The Oscar winner encouraged the audience and viewers of the 87th Academy Awards to call their parents on the phone -- not text -- and "thank them and listen to them as long as they want to talk to you."
This marks the first win of the night for "Whiplash." The film is nominated for five awards.