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Oscars Analysis: 'Birdman' carries the day

Oscars Analysis: 'Birdman' carries the day

“Birdman” won big Sunday at the Oscars, in a triumph of highly noticeable, kinetic filmmaking over the light-fingered “invisible” technique of its primary competition, “Boyhood.” “Birdman” contained little, if anything, to offend anyone. No serious provocations, no politics, just an entertaining swirl of movement and, for the Academy Awards voters, a relatable tale of a washed-up superhero's Broadway redemption in a play that pushes him to the edge. Going into the weekend, oddsmakers and pundits considered the race a close call between co-writer and director Alejandro G. Inarritu's dark comedy and “Boyhood,”...