For the second year in a row, specialty distributor Fox Searchlight and production company New Regency have taken home the best picture Oscar. Last year, it was 12 Years a Slave. This year, it's Birdman. But while that winning streak is impressive in itself, what makes it even more remarkable is that Birdman almost didn't happen.
In the fall of 2012, director Alejandro G. Inarritu and Regency president-CEO Brad Weston settled into a table at Ago, the West Hollywood Italian eatery co-owned by Robert De Niro. They were at their wit’s end. Their plans to begin production on The Revenant with Fox Searchlight had been waylaid whe...
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