(CNN) – “Birdman” soared late at the 87th Academy Awards, winning the big prize: best picture.
The film, about a onetime superhero actor — played by Michael Keaton — making a comeback bid through a Broadway play, was filled with unusual touches: filmed as if all one shot, scored with a jazzy-drum soundtrack, shaded with magical realism, largely the vision of director and co-writer Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.
“This guy is as bold as bold could be,” Keaton said of the director as he took a turn at the microphone during the best picture acceptance.
The film won three other honors: directing, cinematography — the second straight Oscar for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who won last year for “Gravity” — and original screenplay. Iñarritu is the second Mexican director to win in two years, after “Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron.
“Two Mexicans in a row, that’s suspicious,” Iñarritu joked.
“Birdman” had appeared to take the lead in the