Clint Eastwood brings a lifelong love of jazz to and won a Best Director Golden Globe Award for this gripping story of pioneering jazzman Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Like a jazz riff, past and future overlap as the movie explores Bird's soaring skill and destructive excesses. In his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor performance, future Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker in the title role is a candle ablaze at both ends. Diane Venora shares that glorious light, the New York Film Critics' Best Supporting Actress choice as steadfast wife Chan Parker. Blending Parker solo recordings with modern musicians, Bird soars on its soundtrack, winner of a Best Sound Academy Award. In Eastwood's hands, Bird truly stunningly lives.