"Birdman," a satirical film about acting in the unforgiving
world of show business, has won top honors from Hollywood's
actors in an important show of support for its march toward
the best picture Oscar.
After a surfeit of Scandinavian films that have invariably
been dubbed ''Nordic Noir'', it's quite refreshing to watch a
Swedish film that doesn't involve a criminal investigation,
though Force Majeure is anything but light and
Show business satire "Birdman" and colorful caper "The Grand
Budapest Hotel," have captured nine Academy Award nominations
each, including best picture, for a year recognized for its
original feats in filmmaking.
Independent films "Boyhood" and "Whiplash" as well as
superhero blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" have received
Writers Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday in one of
Hollywood's top annual honours.
"Birdman" sits on a rather privileged perch as a favorite for
film industry awards, but director Alejandro Inarritu can
only laugh at the irony that he, like his protagonist in the
show biz satire, is caught up in the quest for validation.