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Original title
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Running time
118 min.
United States United States
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo II
Antonio Sánchez
Emmanuel Lubezki
Fox Searchlight, Regency Enterprises
Comedy. Drama | Stage Play. Satire. Black Comedy. Magic Realism
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.
2014: 4 Academy Awards: including Best Picture & Director. 9 Nominations
2014: 2 Golden Globes: Best Screenplay & Best Actor -Comedy (Keaton)
2014: BAFTA Awards: Best Cinematographer. 10 Nominations
2015: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
2014: Venice Film Festival: Official Selection
2014: American Film Institute (AFI): Top Ten Films
2014: National Board of Review: Top 10, Best Actor (Keaton) & Supp. Actor (Norton)
2014: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography. 4 Nominations
2014: Gotham Awards: Best Picture & Best Actor (Keaton)
2014: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Feature, Actor (Keaton) & Cinematography
2014: Satellite Awards: Best Picture, Actor (Keaton) & Score
2014: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
2014: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
2014: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Cast. 4 Noms.
2014: Critics Choice Awards: 7 Awards including Best Screenplay & Best Cast
2014: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Keaton) and Cinematography. 9 Nom.
2014: 4 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, incl. Best Actor (Michael Keaton)
2014: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: 3 Awards, incl. Best Actor (Keaton). 9 Nom.
2014: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
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