Oscar nominations: Picture, director, lead actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, original screenplay, cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing
Will likely win: Picture, director, cinematography
Could possibly win: Lead actor
"Risk. Truth. Love. Above all." Fox Searchlight's for-your-consideration advertising tagline for "Birdman" is a worthy successor to the studio's "12 Years a Slave" campaign last year, which coaxed voters with two words: "It's time."
Follow along as we decode the "Birdman" message. Risk: The movie, with its simulated one-take structure, is a bold, astonishing tightrope act. It's ambitious! Truth: Yes, "Birdman" concerns actors and show business and vanity, but it gets at something universal about the human condition. It's deep! Love: Well, Michael Keaton's actor character does stage an adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." And this guy has regrets, more than a few, when it comes to that subject. All you need is love, even if it's narcissism!
Those three words, accompanied by dozens of images from the movie, cover the waterfront and then some, capped with the admonition to put the movie (and the three little words) above all. Done and done.