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Alejandro González Iñárritu wins best director Oscar for Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu wins best director Oscar for Birdman

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Alejandro González Iñárritu is taking home the 2015 Oscar for directing for his film Birdman, a stunning look at fame and a fading star that's presented as though the entire movie were shot in a single take. Iñárritu's win is well deserved: Birdman maintains an impressive tension throughout its entire runtime, has amazing performances from all of its stars, and is filmed in a way that's truly remarkable and unlike anything else.

Iñárritu's second win tonight

This is Iñárritu second win at the Oscars. He's received two nominations in the past — best picture and directing for Babel — and has two other nominations tonight: best picture and original screenplay, which he won.

Iñárritu faced some big competition this year. Richard Linklater was also considered a frontrunner for his work on Boyhood, an incredible coming-of-age movie filmed over the span of 12 years. Wes Anderson was nominated for the fun and expectedly stylish Grand Budapest Hotel. Also nominated were Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, which had critics raving, and Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game.