I just saw Birdman this afternoon. In a word -- wow. If Michael Keaton does not get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, if the film does not get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Hollywood heads need to be examined. Keaton is absolutely fascinating and surprising. He really takes you on a journey in this performance. I'd give Michael Keaton an Oscar nomination right now for Birdman. He did some thrilling dramatic work. As thrilling as a superhero story with life as the special effects.
I got my first taste of Keaton's quirky comic acting skills when I saw him just about steal 1982's Night Shift away from its star, Henry Winkler. I became an immediate Michael Keaton fan. We moviegoers liked his comedy so much that we didn't think he could pull off the darkness and emotional dissonance of 1989's Batman. But he did. And it was a box office blockbuster. Now the former action hero movie star is playing a former action hero movie star.