Birdman shocked absolutely no one tonight, beating out stiff competition from The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash to take home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. What is something of a surprise is that the filmEmmanuel Lubezki has had an uneven but prestigious night, with DP Emmanuel Lubezki taking home his second statue for Best Cinematography earlier in the evening, and director Alejandro G. Inarritu for Best Director.
The helmer shared the stage with his co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, thanked the cast and crew, singling out Ed Norton and Michael Keaton, who he called “the maestro of maestros.”
The film later also won Best Picture and Best Actor for Keaton, ending up tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel for most Oscars, four.
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