A sign of things to come? Birdman beats Boyhood at the Independent Spirits

A sign of things to come? Birdman beats Boyhood at the Independent Spirits
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The final preparations are being made ahead of one of the biggest events in the film calendar.

Tonight (February 22), at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the 87th Academy Awards kick off in all their glory.

But a night earlier, in the slightly less glamorous setting of a giant tent on Santa Monica beach, the Film Independent Spirit awards were considered by many as an indicator of what is to come.

Showbiz satire Birdman pipped Boyhood to the post for the coveted ‘Best Feature’ prize at the awards, which honour low-budget film-making.

Directed by Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, the film also took home awards for ‘Cinematography’ and ‘Best Actor’, for Michael Keaton’s performance.

Birdman’s success adds to its growing momentum ahead of the Oscars, where it is in the running for nine awards, tied with 2014 smash, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Lying just behind, with two awards, Boyhood won twice at the Independent Spirits. Patricia Arquette took home the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ prize, while Richard Linklater won ‘Best Director’.

Filmed over 12 years, the family drama is in line for six Academy Awards, including ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’, which Patricia Arquette is also strongly tipped to win.

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