Video: Michael Keaton Quietly Puts Away His Oscars Acceptance Speech
You know what they say: never let 'em see you sweat—or pull out an acceptance speech that might never get read.
Michael Keaton clearly had a good feeling about the way the Oscars were going on Sunday night, and it's not hard to see why. Birdman was having a great night, winning awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. It would go on to receive Best Picture and Alejandro González Inarritu would win Best Director. But it appears that Keaton, who is on something of a comeback trail, got ahead of himself.
You can see Keaton tucking a piece of paper under his arm right after the moment where Eddie Redmayne's name is called:
And then he stashes it back in his suit as Redmayne takes the stage:
Whether or not Birdman deserved the Best Picture slot, it's gotta sting a little when the Academy loves the screenplay, the directing and the overall picture but not the performance (very much tied into Keaton's persona) at the heart of it. But Keaton took it in stride. At the end Inarritu honored Keaton and made way for him to offer up some words on stage. Keaton interrupted himself mid-speech and shrugged: "Look, it's just great to be here, who am I kidding?"