Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best picture

Birdman has won the top prize at tonight's 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles

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Birdman has won best picture at the 87th annual Academy Awards.

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The film, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton, beat off competition from American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything to pick up the night’s top prize. 

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film lost out to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood at the BAFTAs, but clearly wowed Academy Award judges. This was Iñárritu’s second win of the night, after he picked up best director earlier in the evening.

Collecting his award, Iñárritu said: “Ego loves competition, because for someone to win, someone has to lose. But the paradox is that true art can’t be compared, can’t be labelled, can’t be defeated. My work and the work of my fellow nominees will be judged only by time.”

Birdman centres around former cinema superhero Riggan Thompson who is desperately trying to pull of an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will prove he’s not just a film star, but a real, pure artist.

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The film also won the awards for best original screenplay and best cinematography.