Although “Birdman” won 4 Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards, Michael Keaton went home empty-handed. That is, after he put away the speech he was holding in his hand in anticipation of winning in the Best Actor category.
Other nominees in the Best Actor category included Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, and Steve Carell, with Keaton being the clear favorite.
However, the Academy obviously thought Redmayne’s performance was more Oscar-worthy and awarded the young British actor.
In a video that subsequently went viral, Michael Keaton is seen putting away his Oscar acceptance speech upon realizing Redmayne had actually won the award.
In the video, the 63-year-old actor is seen looking down in disappointment as he reached for his pocket to put away the piece of paper he was holding prior to the announcement of the winner, as the entire room applauded Redmayne for his big achievement.
After the ceremony, eyewitnesses reported Keaton was in a “great, happy mood”.