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Birdman Wins the Oscar for Best Picture, Director and Writing

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Wins 4 Awards

Birdman Wins the Oscar for Best Picture, Director and Writing

The awards for the 87th Oscars were announced with Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) winning the top prizes including Best Picture, Directing and Writing, Original Screenplay for Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The three awards are Iñárritu's first wins having been nominated for Babel in 2007. The film won the award for Cinematography, the second in a row for the director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, who won last year for his work on Gravity.

The Grand Budapest Hotel went home with four awards. The film earned French composer Alexandre Desplat his first Oscar for Music, Original Score, which was his eighth nomination in 8 years. The film went on to win the award for Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design and Production Design. The film previously won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, 4 BAFTA awards and the Silver Berlin Bear from Berlin International Film Festival.

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, which became a box offie hit earning US$399 million in worldwide box office sales, won the award for Sound Editing. Christopher Nolan's depiction of space, blackholes and planets won Interstellar the award for Visual Effects.

Birdman will be released in theatres by United Motion Pictures, the biggest film distributor in the Arab world and the sole distributor of Warner Bros. Pictures and 20th Century Fox films in Egypt. UMP also released The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper and Interstellar.