Oscar Show 2015: Bo, Dinelaris, Giacobone, Inarritu–Best Original Screenplay for Birdman

Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Nicolas Giacobone and Inarritu, best original screenplay winners for Birdman:

“When Alejandro called us, he had an idea that was an abstraction on its own. I think we were the first people he forced to jump down the rabbit hole with him,” said Giacobone. “It was a constant battle with ourselves. The hardest part was that we couldn’t edit ourselves in the editing room or on set because Alejandro and Chivo had it choreographed. That’s what Alejandro demanded, and that’s what came out for better or for worse.”

“It was about what makes us human,” he said of the commentary. “At this point in time, it happens to be superhero films. In 10 years, it might have been a commentary on something else.”

Dinelaris jumped in at that point and joked that Birdman 2 would then follow.

On getting the film made, Inarritu said, “It was a long road; it was difficult. I don’t blame the people who didn’t finance the film. It sounds so risky, and with the corporate mentality, no one could see the light. Fox Searchlight were smart guys. … It was incredible, and it could have been a disaster.”

Asked about presenter Sean Penn‘s onstage remark — “Who gave this guy a green card?” — Inarritu simply said, “Sean and I have that kind of brutal relationship. I didn’t find him offensive.”