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Birdman (2014)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Running time: 118 min | Genre: Theater, Satire, Drama, Black Comedy, Comedy, Magical realism
Birdman

Synopsis

A washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. Movie star Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), who became famous for playing iconic superhero Birdman in three successful installments but turned down a fourth one, has decided to stage a comeback by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play.

Pressures mount leading up to the play's opening night. The day before the first preview of the play, he realizes he has to replace one of the actors, who is not up to the job. However, his replacement (Edward Norton), though famous and talented, comes with troubles of his own. Meanwhile, Riggan feels guilt about being a neglectful father to his daughter (Emma Stone), who's now working as his assistant. He also desperately wants the top critic in New York, who could make or break his play, to write a positive review, but he's worried the entire production will be a bust.

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Picture
WINNER
WINNER
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Sound Editing
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

Best Leading Actor - Comedy or Musical (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Screenplay
WINNER
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Picture - Comedy or Musical
NOMINATED
Best Music (Score)
NOMINATED

BAFTA

Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED
NOMINATED
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Film Editing
NOMINATED
Best Music (Score)
NOMINATED
Best Sound
NOMINATED

César Award

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED

David di Donatello

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER

Independent Spirit

Best Picture
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED

Venice Film Festival

Golden Lion - Best Film
NOMINATED

Critics Choice Award

Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER
Best Original Screenplay
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Film Editing
WINNER
Best Music (Score)
WINNER
Best actor - Comedy (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED
Best Comedy movie
NOMINATED
Best Art Direction
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Director
NOMINATED

Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
WINNER

Gotham

Best Picture
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Audience Award
NOMINATED

Cinema Brazil Grand Prize

Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED

Boston Society of Film Critics

Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
WINNER
Best Screenplay
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER

Chicago Film Critics Association

Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
WINNER
Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Picture
NOMINATED
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone)
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED
Best Music (Score)
NOMINATED

American Film Institute Awards (AFI Awards)

Top 10 - Movies of the Year
WINNER

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Cinematography
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
NOMINATED
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
NOMINATED
Best Screenplay
NOMINATED

Top 10 - Movies of the Year
WINNER
Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton)
WINNER
Best Leading Actor (Michael Keaton)
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Producer

Fox Searchlight Pictures, New Regency Pictures, Fox Searchlight

Running time

118 min

Screenwriter

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Music

Antonio Sánchez

Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki

Year

2014

Country

United States United States

Box Office

Budget

$18,000,000

Gross

$103,215,094

Ranking

IMDb
7.8
Metacritic
8.7

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