Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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 González Iñárritu

Genres: Comedy drama , Dark comedy

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

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Winner Cinematography
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)