Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Poster

Release Date: October 17th, 2014

R|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It's risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he's a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his girlfriend, daughter and ex-wife.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lindsay Duncan

Director: Alejandro Iñárritu

Genres: Dark comedy, Comedy drama

Production Co: New Regency Pictures, M Prods, Le Grisbi

Distributors: Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight

Keywords: New York City, Girlfriend, Emotional, Creative, Pursuit, 2010s, Daughter, Charming

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  • The film's exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven't been before. show more

  • With its improvisatory score (drummer Antonio Sanchez provides a hustling backbeat throughout), its seamless shots, its leaps into the surreal, and then back again into the excruciating, embarrassing real, Birdman ascends to the greatest of heights. show more

  • This pitch-dark comedy, which was directed, con brio, by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, sizzles as the camera circles, stalks and swoops. Emmanuel Lubezki’s friction-free cinematography constitutes a virtuoso turn in its own right in a production that’s strewn with superb performances, some of them loud and bold, others subtle and restrained. show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Directing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Cinematography
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Sound Mixing