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: Comedy drama, Dark comedy

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

Distributors: Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight

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

  • 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

  • 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

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Awards

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