Oddly enough, it’s currently infuriating the culture snobs it was explicitly about. It’s the film that “robbed” the ‘superior’ Boyhood, that infuriated po-faced broadsheet critics and red-faced tabloid hacks alike, and that trumped Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking and Martin Luther King Jr. Amidst the wreckage of Sunday night, after the Academy declared Birdman Best Picture, writer Lucy Cowburn argues in favour of a much-maligned masterpiece.
So; I am gobsmacked. When I walked out of the cinema after seeing Birdman I knew that I wanted it to win the Best Director Oscar. I didn’t expect it to win the Best Picture award for a moment. I thought it too small a film for that and there were other films about more inspiring men vying it out for that title. As much as the Academy claims to love a story about an everyman, it’s a lie. They give awards to stories about men who change the world, preferably while being really patriotic or fulfilling the American Dream. Clearly why Selma was nominated for so many awards. It’s nice that it fell back onto the actors playing actors option. We haven’t seen that since Argo in 2013. Continue reading