The 87th annual Academy Awards were announced over the weekend, and although this year’s ceremony was short on major surprises, the night did feature a few unexpected winners.First and foremost among the night’s big winners was Birdman, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s celebrated film about a washed-up former superhero movie actor played by Michael Keaton who attempts to redeem himself and his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production of a Raymond Carver short story. Along with winning the Best Picture category (which most industry observers had viewed as a two-movie competition between Birdman and Boyhood), Birdman also earned Iñárritu an Oscar in the Best Director category.Birdman also earned an Oscar for Iñárritu and co-writers Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, and Armando Bo in the Best Writing (Original Screenplay) category, as well as a Best Cinematography award for Emmanuel Lubezki — likely due to the film’s innovative use of a perceived “single take” visual style.The race for Best Actor in a Leading Role was expected to come down to Keaton or The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne, and it was the latter’s portrayal of British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking that won him the award. In contrast, Still Alice star Julianne Moore was widely perceived a shoo-in for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and the Oscar committee didn’t surprise anyone… Read full this story
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