With screenwriter heavyweights duking it out for the top writing prize, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded the best screenplay award to Alejandro González Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo for Birdman.
The original script, and entertainment and New York theater industry satire, stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up former superhero franchise actor who may or may not have superpowers himself.
Accepting the award from presenters Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, Mexican writer-director Inarritu jokingly started his speech with a few words in the Birdman’s signature rasp. “Everything was about the eagle, guys,” he joked of the distinctive voice and character, “Really that voice was getting us crazy while we were doing this script.”
Apologizing for his accented English (“Sorry, my English is terrible, my God.”) Inarritu quickly turned to praise his three writing partners and their enthusiasm when they got the right line or a joke into the script. It truly was, as he explained, a group effort and “one of the greatest experiences of his life.”
However, he also noted that the film would be nothing without its star Keaton. “Whatever we have wrote[sic] there, you know words have no meaning if there’s no actors like that,” he said, thanking not only Keaton but supporting cast members Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. “[They] did the job by themselves.”
Unlike the Oscars which separates screenplays into adapted and original categories, the Golden Globes joins the two in a single, über-competitive category. The win for Birdman positions it favorably for a best original screenplay Oscar nomination.
Inarritu was 1 for 3 on the day, falling to Richard Linklater and The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Best Director, Motion Picture and Best Picture, Comedy or Musical categories, respectively.