Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a 2014 American black comedy/drama film co-written, produced and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. In the film, Keaton plays a faded Hollywood actor famous for his superhero role who struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. The film won four Academy Awards, including for Best Picture.
In February 2015, Caroll Spinney and Big Bird appeared in Big Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants), a parody of the film, which was produced by Sesame Workshop and Mashable. Iñárritu told E Online that he'd seen it, "It's fantastic," he gushed. "It means we made it. That's the Oscar. It's the best."