Stuart Orlando Scott was an American sportscaster and anchor on ESPN, most notably on SportsCenter. Well known for his hip-hop style and use of catchphrases, Scott was a regular for the network in its National Basketball Association and National Football League coverage. Scott grew up in North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he began his career with various local television stations before joining ESPN in 1993. Although there were accomplished African-American sportscasters, his blending of hip hop with sportscasting was unique for television. By 2008, he was a staple in ESPN's programming, began on ABC as lead host for their coverage of the NBA. In 2007, Scott learned that his appendix was cancerous. After going into remission, he was again diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and 2013. Scott was honored at the ESPY Awards in 2014 with the Jimmy V Award for his fight against cancer, less than six months before his death in 2015 at the age of 49. Stuart Orlando Scott was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 19, 1965 as the son of O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott.
When he was 7, Scott and his family moved to North Carolina. Scott had a brother named two sisters named Susan and Synthia, he attended Mount Tabor High School for 9th and 10th grade and completed his last two years at Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, graduating in 1983. In high school, he was a captain of his football team, ran track, served as Vice President of the Student Council, was the Sergeant at Arms of the school's Key Club. Scott was inducted into the Richard J. Reynolds High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony on February 6, 2015, which took place during the Reynolds/Mt. Tabor basketball game, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was part of the on-air talent at WXYC. While at UNC, Scott played wide receiver and defensive back on the football team. In 1987, Scott graduated from the UNC with a B. A. in speech communication. In 2001, Scott gave the commencement address at UNC. Following graduation, Scott worked as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina from 1987 until 1988.
Scott came up with the phrase "as cool as the other side of the pillow" while working his first job at WPDE. After this, Scott worked as a news reporter at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1988 until 1990. WRAL Sports anchor Jeff Gravley recalled there was a "natural bond" between Scott and the sports department. Gravley described his style as creative and adding so much energy to the newsroom. After leaving, Scott still visited his former colleagues at WRAL and treated them like family. From 1990 until 1993, Scott worked at WESH, an NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida as a sports reporter and sports anchor. While at WESH, he met ESPN producer Gus Ramsey, beginning his own career. Ramsey said of Scott: "You knew the second he walked in the door that it was a pit stop, that he was gonna be this big star somewhere someday, he went out and did a piece on the rodeo, he nailed it just like he would nail the NBA Finals for ESPN." He earned first place honors from the Central Florida Press Club for a feature on rodeo.
Al Jaffe, ESPN's vice president for talent, brought Scott to ESPN2 because they were looking for sportscasters who might appeal to a younger audience. Scott became one of the few African-American personalities, not a former professional athlete, his first ESPN assignments were for SportsSmash, a short sportscast twice an hour on ESPN2's SportsNight program. After Keith Olbermann left SportsNight for ESPN's SportsCenter, Scott took his place in the anchor chair at SportsNight. After this, Scott was a regular on SportsCenter. At SportsCenter, Scott was teamed with fellow anchors Steve Levy, Kenny Mayne, Dan Patrick, most notably, Rich Eisen. Scott was a regular in the This. In 2002, Scott was named studio host for the NBA on ESPN, he became lead host in 2008, when he began at ABC in the same capacity for its NBA coverage, which included the NBA Finals. Additionally, Scott anchored SportsCenter's prime-time coverage from the site of NBA post-season games. From 1997 until 2014, he covered the league's finals.
During the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, Scott did one-on-one interviews with Michael Jordan. When Monday Night Football moved to ESPN in 2006, Scott hosted on-site coverage, including Monday Night Countdown and post-game SportsCenter coverage. Scott appeared on NFL Primetime during the 1997 season, Monday Night Countdown from 2002 to 2005, Sunday NFL Countdown from 1999 to 2001. Scott covered the MLB playoffs and NCAA Final Four in 1995 for ESPN. Scott appeared with his Holla column. During his work at ESPN, he interviewed Tiger Woods, Sammy Sosa, President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign; as a part of the interview with President Barack Obama, Scott played in a one-on-one basketball game with the President. In 2004, per the request of U. S. troops and fellow SportsCenter co-anchors hosted a week of programs originating from Kuwait for ESPN's SportsCenter: Salute the Troops. He hosted a number of ESPN game and reality shows, including Stump the Schwab and Dream Job, hosted David Blaine's Drowned Alive special.
He hosted a special and only broadcast episode of America's Funniest Home Videos called AFV: The Sports Edition. While there were successful African-American sportscasters, Scott blended hip-hop culture and sports in a way that had never been seen before on television, he tal
Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Incorporating hip hop, R&B, soul, traditional-style show tunes, color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, the musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success; the musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out. The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. On Broadway, it received unprecedented advance box office sales. In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, was the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; the prior Off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominated categories.
The Chicago production of Hamilton began preview performances at the CIBC Theatre in September 2016 and opened the following month. The West End production of Hamilton opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in December 2017, winning seven Olivier Awards in 2018, including Best New Musical; the first U. S. national tour of the show began performances in March 2017. A second U. S. tour opened in February 2018. Hamilton's third U. S. tour began January 11, 2019, with a 3-week engagement in Puerto Rico featuring Miranda in the lead role. The play has two acts, telling Hamilton's story through major events in his life and American history, it tells Hamilton's life from beginning to end along with various other characters such as Marquis De Lafayette, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Phillip Hamilton and former presidents George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. The musical begins with the company summarizing Alexander Hamilton's early life as an orphan on the island of Nevis.
After arriving in New York in 1776, Hamilton meets Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, impresses them with his rhetorical skills. They affirm their revolutionary goals to each other. Angelica and Peggy are introduced. King George insists on his authority. During the New York and New Jersey campaign, Hamilton accepts a position as George Washington's aide-de-camp, instead of field command. Hamilton meets, falls in love with, marries Eliza Schuyler, as her sister Angelica suppresses her feelings for the sake of their happiness. After the wedding, Laurens and Mulligan drink together, while the three poke fun at Hamilton for getting married. Burr walks in on the group. Burr congratulates Hamilton on his position as aide to camp of Washington. Burr reflects on Hamilton's swift rise. Conditions are worsening for the continental army, Hamilton's constant pleading to Washington for a command continue to be shot down. Washington grants a command to General Charles Lee, unfit to be leading one.
After being fired by Washington, Lee goes on a tirade against Washington, claiming him to be unfit to lead. Though Hamilton wishes to challenge Lee, he is commanded not to by Washington. Since Hamilton is unable to challenge Lee, Laurens does and thus duels Lee, with Hamilton and Burr as their seconds. Laurens injures Lee. Hamilton is temporarily suspended by Washington over the duel, is sent home. There, Eliza reveals that she is pregnant with her first child, asks Hamilton to slow down to take in what has happened in their lives. After Lafayette convinces France to get involved on the colonists' side, he urges Washington to call Hamilton back to help plan the final Siege of Yorktown. Washington agrees, but explains to Hamilton -, convinced he should die a martyr and a hero in war - that he should be careful with his actions, because whatever he does will be known for ages to come. Hamilton agrees to join, reflects that he now has something to live for, will give up on his efforts to die in war.
At the Siege of Yorktown, Hamilton meets up with Lafayette to take down the British, revealing that Mulligan was recruited as a spy, helping them figure out what to do to trap the British and win the war. Soon after the victory at Yorktown, Hamilton's son, Philip is born, while Burr has a daughter, Theodosia. Hamilton receives word that his friend Laurens has been killed in a pointless battle, throws himself into his work, he co-authors The Federalist Papers and is selected as Secretary of the Treasury by newly elected President Washington. Angelica moves to London with her new husband. At the beginning, Thomas Jefferson returns to America from being the U. S. ambassador to France. In 1789, Jefferson and Hamilton debate the latter's financial proposals at a Cabinet meeting. Washington pulls Hamilton aside, tells him to figure out a compromise
Lady Macbeth is a leading character in William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. The wife of the play's tragic hero, Lady Macbeth goads her husband into committing regicide, after which she becomes queen of Scotland. However, she suffers pangs of guilt for her part in the crime, which drives her to sleepwalk, she dies off-stage in an apparent suicide. According to some genealogists, Lady Macbeth and King Duncan's wife were siblings or cousins, where Duncan's wife had a stronger claim to the throne than Lady Macbeth, it was this that incited her hatred of Duncan. The character's origins lie in the accounts of Kings Duff and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles, a history of Britain familiar to Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth appears to be a composite of two separate and distinct personages in Holinshed's work: Donwald's nagging, murderous wife in the account of King Duff and Macbeth's ambitious wife Gruoch of Scotland in the account of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is a powerful presence in the play, most notably in the first two acts.
Following the murder of King Duncan, her role in the plot diminishes. She becomes an uninvolved spectator to Macbeth's plotting and a nervous hostess at a banquet dominated by her husband's hallucinations, her sleepwalking scene in the fifth act is a turning point in the play, her line "Out, damned spot!" has become a phrase familiar to many speakers of the English language. The report of her death late in the fifth act provides the inspiration for Macbeth's "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" speech. Analysts see in the character of Lady Macbeth the conflict between femininity and masculinity as they are impressed in cultural norms. Lady Macbeth suppresses her instincts toward compassion and fragility — associated with femininity — in favour of ambition and the singleminded pursuit of power; this conflict colours the entire drama and sheds light on gender-based preconceptions from Shakespearean England to the present. The role has attracted countless notable actors over the centuries, including Sarah Siddons, Charlotte Melmoth, Helen Faucit, Ellen Terry, Jeanette Nolan, Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Vivien Merchant, Glenda Jackson, Francesca Annis, Judith Anderson, Judi Dench, Renee O'Connor, Keeley Hawes, Alex Kingston and Marion Cotillard and Hannah Taylor-Gordon Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth appeared to be a composite of two personages found in the account of King Duff and in the account of King Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles.
In the account of King Duff, one of his captains, suffers the deaths of his kinsmen at the orders of the king. Donwald considers regicide at "the setting on of his wife", who "showed him the means whereby he might soonest accomplish it." Donwald perseveres at the nagging of his wife. After plying the king's servants with food and drink and letting them fall asleep, the couple admit their confederates to the king's room, where they commit the regicide; the murder of Duff has its motivation in revenge rather than ambition. In Holinshed's account of King Duncan, the discussion of Lady Macbeth is confined to a single sentence: "The words of the three Weird Sisters greatly encouraged him hereunto. Not found in Holinshed are the invocation to the "spirits that tend on mortal thoughts," the sleepwalking scene, various details found in the drama concerning the death of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth makes her first appearance late in scene five of the first act, when she learns in a letter from her husband that three witches have prophesied his future as king.
When King Duncan becomes her overnight guest, Lady Macbeth seizes the opportunity to effect his murder. Aware her husband's temperament is "too full o' the milk of human kindness" for committing a regicide, she plots the details of the murder; the king retires after a night of feasting. Lady Macbeth lays daggers ready for the commission of the crime. Macbeth kills the sleeping king; when he brings the daggers from the king's room, Lady Macbeth orders him to return them to the scene of the crime. He refuses, she smears the drugged attendants with blood. The couple retire to wash their hands. Following the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth's role in the plot diminishes; when Duncan's sons flee the land in fear for their own lives, Macbeth is appointed king. Without consulting his queen, Macbeth plots other murders in order to secure his throne, and, at a royal banquet, the queen is forced to dismiss her guests when Macbeth hallucinates. In her last appearance, she sleepwalks in profound torment, she dies off-stage, with suicide being suggested as its cause, when Malcolm declares that she died by "self and violent hands."
In the First Folio, the only source for the play, she is never referred to as Lady Macbeth, but variously as "Macbeth's wife", "Macbeth's lady", or just "lady". The sleepwalking scene is one of the more celebrated scenes from Macbeth, indeed, in all of Shakespeare, it has no counterpart in Holinshed's Chronicles, Shakespeare's source material for the play, but is the bard's invention. A. C. Bradley notes that, with the exception of the scene's few closing lines, the scene is in prose with Lady Macbeth being the only major character in Shakespearean tragedy to make a last appearance "denied the dignity of verse." According to Bradley
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and philosopher. He authored nearly fifty books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays and poems. Born into the prominent Huxley family, he graduated from Balliol College with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry, before going on to publish travel writing and screenplays, he spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. By the end of his life, Huxley was acknowledged as one of the foremost intellectuals of his time, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times and was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1962. Huxley was a pacifist, he grew interested in philosophical mysticism and universalism, addressing these subjects with works such as The Perennial Philosophy —which illustrates commonalities between Western and Eastern mysticism—and The Doors of Perception —which interprets his own psychedelic experience with mescaline.
In his most famous novel Brave New World and his final novel Island, he presented his vision of dystopia and utopia, respectively. Huxley was born in Godalming, England, in 1894, he was the third son of the writer and schoolmaster Leonard Huxley, who edited Cornhill Magazine, his first wife, Julia Arnold, who founded Prior's Field School. Julia was the niece of the sister of Mrs. Humphry Ward. Aldous was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, the zoologist and controversialist, his brother Julian Huxley and half-brother Andrew Huxley became outstanding biologists. Aldous had another brother, Noel Trevelyan Huxley, who committed suicide after a period of clinical depression; as a child, Huxley's nickname was "Ogie", short for "Ogre". He was described by his brother, Julian, as someone who " the strangeness of things". According to his cousin and contemporary, Gervas Huxley, he had an early interest in drawing. Huxley's education began in his father's well-equipped botanical laboratory, after which he enrolled at Hillside School near Godalming.
He was taught there by his own mother for several years. After Hillside he went on to Eton College, his mother died in 1908, when he was 14. He contracted the eye disease keratitis punctata in 1911; this "ended his early dreams of becoming a doctor." In October 1913, Huxley entered Balliol College, where he studied English literature. He volunteered for the British Army for the Great War, his eyesight partly recovered. He edited Oxford Poetry in 1916, in June of that year graduated BA with first class honours, his brother Julian wrote: I believe his blindness was a blessing in disguise. For one thing, it put paid to his idea of taking up medicine as a career... His uniqueness lay in his universalism, he was able to take all knowledge for his province. Following his years at Balliol, being financially indebted to his father, decided to find employment, he taught French for a year at Eton College, where Eric Blair and Steven Runciman were among his pupils. He was remembered as being an incompetent schoolmaster unable to keep order in class.
Blair and others spoke of his excellent command of language. Huxley worked for a time during the 1920s at Brunner and Mond, an advanced chemical plant in Billingham in County Durham, northeast England. According to the introduction to the latest edition of his science fiction novel Brave New World, the experience he had there of "an ordered universe in a world of planless incoherence" was an important source for the novel. Huxley completed his first novel at the age of 17 and began writing in his early twenties, establishing himself as a successful writer and social satirist, his first published novels were social satires, Crome Yellow, Antic Hay, Those Barren Leaves, Point Counter Point. Brave New World was his fifth novel and first dystopian work. In the 1920s he was a contributor to Vanity Fair and British Vogue magazines. During the First World War, Huxley spent much of his time at Garsington Manor near Oxford, home of Lady Ottoline Morrell, working as a farm labourer. There he met several Bloomsbury Group figures, including Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, Clive Bell.
In Crome Yellow he caricatured the Garsington lifestyle. Jobs were scarce, but in 1919 John Middleton Murry was reorganising the Athenaeum and invited Huxley to join the staff, he accepted and married the Belgian refugee Maria Nys at Garsington. They lived with their young son in Italy part of the time during the 1920s, where Huxley would visit his friend D. H. Lawrence. Following Lawrence's death in 1930, Huxley edited Lawrence's letters. Works of this period included important novels on the dehumanising aspects of scientific progress, most famously Brave New World, on pacifist themes. In Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, Huxley portrays a society operating on the principles of mass production and Pavlovian conditioning. Huxley was influenced by F. Matthias Alexander, included him as a character in Eyeless in Gaza. Beginning in this period, Huxley began to write and edit non-fiction works on pacifist issues, i
All Our Yesterdays (book)
All Our Yesterdays by Harry Warner, Jr. is a history of science fiction fandom of the 1940s, an essential reference work in the field. It was published by Advent in 1969. NESFA Press produced a new edition in 2004, after Warner's death. Warner wrote a related series of historical columns called "All Our Yesterdays." He published a sequel, A Wealth of Fable, covering the 1950s produced in a three-volume mimeographed edition, the first volume issued in 1976, expanded into hardcover form by SCIFI Press in 1992. Algis Budrys praised Warner's work as "that calm, and, I suppose, sometimes prejudiced'fan history' that the microcosm needs as a counterweight" to Sam Moskowitz's earlier The Immortal Storm. Science fiction fan and author Mike Resnick called the book "a fabulous, informal history, covering all the high points, reporting on the initial meeting after the war between DAW and SaM, filled with well over 100 photos indexed. It's a true treasure of fannish history and anecdotes." Publisher's information on All Our Yesterdays All Our Yesterdays columns Publisher's information on A Wealth of Fable
Alistair Stuart MacLean was a Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories. His works include The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare – all three were made into popular films, he wrote two novels under the pseudonym Ian Stuart. Alistair Maclean was descended from Clan Maclean. MacLean was the son of a Church of Scotland minister and learned English as a second language after his mother tongue, Scottish Gaelic, he was born in Glasgow but spent much of his childhood and youth in Daviot, ten miles south of Inverness. He was the third of four sons, he joined the Royal Navy in 1941, serving in World War II with the ranks of Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman, Leading Torpedo Operator. He was first assigned to PS Bournemouth Queen, a converted excursion ship fitted for anti-aircraft guns, on duty off the coasts of England and Scotland. Beginning in 1943, he served on a Dido-class light cruiser. There he saw action in 1943 in the Atlantic theatre, on two Arctic convoys and escorting aircraft carrier groups in operations against Tirpitz and other targets off the Norwegian coast.
He took part in Convoy PQ 17 on Royalist. In 1944 he and Royalist served in the Mediterranean theatre, as part of the invasion of southern France and in helping to sink blockade runners off Crete and bombard Milos in the Aegean. During this time MacLean may have been injured in a gunnery practice accident. In 1945, in the Far East theatre, MacLean and Royalist saw action escorting carrier groups in operations against Japanese targets in Burma and Sumatra. After the Japanese surrender, Royalist helped evacuate liberated POWs from Changi Prison in Singapore. MacLean was discharged from the Royal Navy in 1946, he studied English at the University of Glasgow, working at the post office and as a street sweeper. He graduated in 1953, worked as a hospital porter, worked as a school teacher at Gallow Flat School in Rutherglen. While a university student, MacLean began writing short stories for extra income, winning a competition in 1954 with the maritime story "Dileas"; the publishing company Collins asked him for a novel and he responded with HMS Ulysses, based on his own war experiences, as well as credited insight from his brother Ian, a master mariner.
The book was written over three months. Maclean described his writing process: I drew a cross square, lines down representing the characters, lines across representing chapters 1-15. Most of the characters died, in fact only one survived the book, but when I came to the end the graph looked somewhat lopsided, there were too many people dying in the first and tenth chapters so I had to rewrite it, giving an dying space throughout. I suppose it sounds cold blooded and calculated; the book sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in England in the first six months of publication. It went on to sell millions more. Film rights were sold. MacLean was able to devote himself to writing, his next novel, The Guns of Navarone, was about an attack on the fictitious island of Naravone. The book was successful, selling over 400,000 copies in its first six months. MacLean followed it with South by Java Head, based on Maclean's experiences in the South East Asia seas in World War Two, The Last Frontier, a thriller about the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.
Film rights for Java Head were sold but no movie resulted. His next novels were Night Without Fear Is the Key; the Last Frontier was turned into a movie, The Secret Ways, not successful while the film version of The Guns of Navarone was hugely successful. In the early 1960s, MacLean published two novels under the pseudonym "Ian Stuart" in order to prove that the popularity of his books was due to their content rather than his name on the cover; these were The Satan Bug. They sold well, MacLean made no attempt to change his writing style, he continued to publish novels under his own name such as The Golden Rendezvous and Ice Station Zebra. "I'm not a novelist," he once said. "That's too pretentious a claim. I'm a storyteller. I'm a craftsman. I will make that claim for myself." Maclean claimed he wrote fast because he disliked writing and the "sooner he finished the better". He never re-read a book, his novels were notable for their lack of sex. "I like girls," said MacLean. "I just don't write them well.
Everyone knows that men and women make love, laddie – there is no need to show it."MacLean's books sold so well that he moved to Switzerland as a tax exile. From 1963–1966, he took a hiatus from writing to run a hotel business in England, purchasing the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. During this time a film was made of The Satan Bug. MacLean returned to writing with. Producer Elliot Kastner approached MacLean looking for film scripts which prompted MacLean to write Where Eagles Dare. In July 1966 Kastner and his producing partner Jerry Gershwin had purchased five screenplays from MacLean: Where Eagles Dare, When Eight Bells Toll, three other unnamed ones. MacLean wrote a novel for Where Eagles Dare, published in 1967; the book was a best seller and the 1968 film version was a huge hit. "MacLean is a natural storyteller," said Kastner. "He is a master of
Birdman or known as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, it was written by Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts; the story follows Riggan Thomson, a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman", as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver. The character has no connection to Hanna-Barbera's superhero of the same name; the film covers the period of previews leading to the play's opening, with a brief exception appears as if filmed in a single shot, an idea Iñárritu had from the film's conception. Emmanuel Lubezki, who won the Academy Award for his cinematography in Birdman, believed that the recording time necessary for the long take approach taken in Birdman could not have been made with older technology; the film was shot in New York City during the spring of 2013 with a budget of $16.5 million jointly financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, New Regency Pictures and Worldview Entertainment.
It premiered the following year in August where it opened the 71st Venice International Film Festival. Birdman had a limited theatrical release in the United States on October 17, 2014, followed by a wide release on November 14, grossing more than $103 million worldwide; the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography from a total of nine nominations, tying it with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most nominated and awarded film at the Academy's 87th annual awards ceremony with four wins per film. It won Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Keaton and Best Screenplay at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Riggan Thomson is a faded American actor, famous for playing the superhero Birdman in a film trilogy in the 1990s, he is tormented by the mocking and critical internal voice of Birdman and visualises himself performing feats of levitation and telekinesis.
Riggan is trying to gain recognition as a serious actor for writing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." Jake, Riggan's best friend and lawyer, is producing the play which co-stars Riggan's girlfriend Laura and Broadway débutante Lesley. Riggan's daughter Sam, a recovering drug addict whom he is trying to reconnect with, is working as his assistant; the day before the first preview, a light fixture falls onto Riggan's hapless co-star Ralph, which Riggan tells Jake he caused. At Lesley's suggestion, Riggan replaces Ralph with her boyfriend, the brilliant but volatile method actor Mike Shiner; the first previews are disastrous: Mike breaks character over the replacement of his gin with water, attempts to have real sex with Lesley during a sex scene and claims that the prop gun does not look real, hindering his performance. Riggan clashes continually with Mike and is incensed at influential theater critic Tabitha Dickinson's praise for Mike's performance, but Jake persuades him to continue with the play.
Riggan berates her. During the final preview, Riggan accidentally locks himself outside with his robe stuck in the fire escape door, he is forced to walk through Times Square in his underwear and enter through the audience to do the final scene. A concerned Sam is waiting in his dressing room after the show, she thinks the performance was weird but sort of cool. She shows him that the Times Square footage is going viral and explains how this helps him. Riggan goes to a bar for a drink and approaches Tabitha, accusing her of not understanding theater and just crudely labeling things, she tells him that she hates ignorant Hollywood celebrities who pretend to be serious actors and promises to "kill" his play with a deprecating review without having seen it. On the way back, Riggan drinks it and passes out on a stoop; the next day, walking to the theater with a severe hangover, he has a conversation with the now visible Birdman, who tries to convince him to quit the play and make a fourth Birdman film.
Riggan visualises himself flying through the streets of Manhattan before arriving at the theater. On the opening night the play is going well. In his dressing room, a strangely calm Riggan confesses to his ex-wife Sylvia that several years ago he attempted to drown himself in the ocean after she caught him having an affair, he tells her about his inner Birdman voice, which she ignores. After Sylvia wishes him luck and leaves the room, Riggan picks up a real gun, rather than a prop, for the final scene in which his character commits suicide. At the climax, Riggan shoots himself in the head on-stage; the play receives a standing ovation. The next day, Riggan wakes up in a hospital with his face covered in a mask of bandages where his nose has been surgically reconstructed after he blew it off during the botched suicide. Sylvia is worried about him but Jake cannot contain his excitement that the play will run forever after Tabitha's rave-review which called the suicide attempt "super-realism" and just what American theater needed.
Sam visits with flowers, which he cannot smell, takes a picture of him to scare the skyrocketing number of followers on the Twitter account she has created for him. While she steps outside to find a vase, Riggan goes into the bathroom, removes the bandages revealing his swollen new nose, obscenely says goodbye to Birdma