Best Picture ‘Birdman’ Flying Back to 1,000 Theaters (Exclusive) “Birdman,” named Best Picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, is returning to theaters in a big way. Fox Searchlight said Monday that it will have the dark comedy in more than 1,000 theaters this weekend.  Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, the film also won a Best Director Oscar. Re-releasing the film is a bold play by distributor Fox Searchlight, because it became available on DVD and On-Demand last week.