2014: #3 Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Written by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts
Distributer: Fox Searchlight
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 119 Minutes
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Date released: 10/17/2014
Date seen: 10/25/2014
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $69.5 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 9 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 9 (Fight, Set-Piece, Score, Quote, Comedy, Actor, Ensemble, Quote, and Orignal Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Set-Piece and Quote)

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) had a number of gimmicks that it could have rested on like the single shot style or the metanarrative of casting Michael Keaton as a former superhero actor.  The thing is, those so called gimmicks integrate into the film in some very smart and logical ways: the single shot illusion gives the film an interesting theatricality that blends well into its hyper sense of humor and the meta narrative gives its satirical edge a perfect compliment.  Really though, these gimmicks fall by the wayside to the film’s smart writing, energetic direction, and impressive ensemble performances.  That all this is coming from Alejandro G. Iñárritu, a director whose previous films were not exactly energetic romps, is all the more of a pleasant surprise.
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