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'Birdman' wins Best Picture, Best Director

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:31
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"Birdman," the 21st Century Fox Inc feature about a washed-up film superhero trying to stage a comeback, won the Oscar for best picture, Hollywood's highest honor. Its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, also won.

[LOS ANGELES] "Birdman," the 21st Century Fox Inc feature about a washed-up film superhero trying to stage a comeback, won the Oscar for best picture, Hollywood's highest honor. Its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, also won.

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," collected four awards in all, including best original screenplay. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who mounts a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story.

It was a fitting winner on a night when smaller, artistically ambitious films dominated Hollywood's most prestigious awards, and host Neil Patrick Harris poked fun at the industry's obsession with superhero films. Big winners included "Whiplash," "Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Boyhood," rated by oddsmakers as "Birdman's" biggest rival for best picture.

"Birdman" had some eerie parallels with real life - Keaton once played Batman, and Iñárritu's career had stalled since 2006's "Babel."

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