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'Birdman' wins: Why Oscar loves backstage dramas

'Birdman' wins: Why Oscar loves backstage dramas

Oscar loves movies about show business, the conventional Hollywood wisdom goes, and the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday was no exception as "Birdman" took home four prizes, including the award for best picture.

The story of a former superhero actor losing his mind as he attempts to revive his career with a Broadway play, "Birdman" belongs to a subset of showbiz-themed movies, the backstage drama, which includes such other best-picture laureates as "The Great Ziegfeld," "All About Eve" and "Shakespeare in Love."


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