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‘Birdman’ wins best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES — “Birdman” has won the Academy Award for best picture.

The film, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who also won best director, stars Michael Keaton as an aging superhero movie star suffering an identity crisis — and seeking redemption by mounting a serious Broadway play. It’s been hailed for its ensemble cast and its virtuosic camera work, which gives the sensation that the whole movie is shot in one continuous take.

The other nominees were: “American Sniper”; “Boyhood”; “The Grand Budapest Hotel”; “The Imitation Game”; “Selma”; “The Theory of Everything”; and “Whiplash.”

The 87th Academy Awards aired live on ABC, with Neil Patrick Harris as host.

 AP