'Birdman' takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

Feb 23, 2015 12:26 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality.

In a battle of B-movies for best picture, the Oscars awarded "Birdman" best picture, opting for a movie that epitomizes much of Hollywood - showy, ego-mad, desperate for artistic credibility - over one ("Boyhood") that prized naturalism and patience. "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" also won best director for Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best original screenplay and best cinematography.

"Maybe next year the government will inflict immigration restrictions," said Innaritu, recalling last year's best director winner, Alfonso Cuaron. "Two Mexicans in a row. That's suspicious, I guess."

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