• Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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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: Dark comedy, Comedy drama

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

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mark AdamsScreen Daily

    A magnificent and enthralling film that fits into no easy genre bracket, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – to give it its full title – is a technical tour de force, a beautifully performed and smartly scripted black comedy that will leave its audience keen to head back for more. show more

  • 80
    Dana StevensSlate

    This is no tale told by an idiot — on the contrary, it’s a funny, fast-moving parable about fame and ambition, laid out for us with care and craft by a gifted filmmaker, a long-missed actor, and a world-class cinematographer. But I’m left with the suspicion the whole thing may signify — well, if not nothing, at least a good deal less than the filmmakers would have us believe. 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

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