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Oscar's night of dazzling surprises

Birdman swoops down to pick up four awards, with strong showings by The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash

An Oscar statue is seen outside the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on Feb 20, 2015.


THE conventional wisdom, going into the 87th Academy Awards, was that it would be a horse race between two quirky, experimental films: Boyhood, Richard Linklater's coming-of-age drama that took 12 years to film, and Birdman, a backstage show-business satire that director

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