Oscar Pick: ‘Birdman’

The audience gets a peek into the anxiety-filled mind of an actor in the Oscar nominated, black comedy, drama film, “Birdman.”

Also named “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” the film stars Michael Keaton as the main character, as well as many other big name actors, including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.

The film, written and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, tells the story of a washed up actor’s quest for relevance, as Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomson, takes on the task of writing, directing and starring in his own Broadway show based on the life of Raymond Carver, an American writer from the 1980s. Through this, he is plagued with plenty of self-doubt and fear.

Throughout the movie, Thomson is haunted by the character that made him famous on the big screen two decades ago, the comic book hero Birdman. Keaton’s character also struggles with the many obstacles of his play and his personal life with his divorced wife, Amy Ryan, ex-junkie daughter, Emma Stone and current girlfriend, Andrea Riseborough.

The movie’s unique and bold cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki makes the film look as if it was shot in a single take – one long tracking shot. The camera follows each character precisely, moving seamlessly to the next scene, capturing the following dialogue.

The film is filled with powerfully vivid and even fantastical scenes of wonder and drama. The unpredictability of the film keeps the audience on the edge of its seat throughout its entire two hour running time.

Keaton is nominated for a best actor award in a leading role at the Oscars scheduled for Sunday, while Stone and Norton, who plays one of the actors in Thomson’s play, are nominated for best actor and actress awards in a supporting role.

“Birdman”, produced by John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, has won many awards recently, such as Golden Globe awards for best actor in a motion picture for Keaton, and best screenplay in a motion picture.

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