'Bird' is the word, as the surreal fantasy tops 'Boyhood' for best picture

February 24, 2015 11:12 PM

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Hollywood continued its long running romance with movies about movies in Sunday’s Oscar telecast. “Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” a surreal comic fantasy about a former action film star trying to re-ignite his career on Broadway, was named the year’s best picture, with awards also going to director Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film’s screenwriters and its cinematographer.

“Birdman’s” triumph followed the recent best-picture wins by “The Artist,” a silent comedy about the early days of the film industry, and “Argo,” which saluted a fake science-fiction epic as the escape route for Americans held prisoner in Teheran’s U.S. embassy.

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