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Searchlight's grand challenge: 'Budapest Hotel' for best picture
Searchlight's grand challenge: 'Budapest Hotel' for best picture

We've been deluged with dozens of variations of "Birdman Soars" headlines in the last couple of days, as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ambitious tale of a onetime comic book movie star's quest for reinvention opened to great business last weekend, grossing $415,000 in just four theaters. It's a fantastic take, second only this year to Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which debuted in March to the tune of $811,000 in four theaters. The critically acclaimed film went on to become the biggest hit in Anderson's storied career, taking in $172 million worldwide, including $59 million in the United States. So why aren't people...

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