Young Hollywood was out in full force last night at the 81st New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown. While Kristen Stewart and Saoirse Ronan chose to remain low-key, Michael Keaton gushed about his film Spotlight and how lucky he feels to be an actor.
"It's fun," Keaton told Hollywood Take about going to awards shows. "How bad can it be? There's a lot worse things you could do than to come out and have people think you're cool."
The 64-year-old's appreciation was evident last year when he gave his acceptance speech for his win as Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical category for Birdman at the 2015 Golden Globes. "I'm so grateful, honestly, from the bottom of my heart," said a teary-eyed Keaton as he took the stage.
In accepting the honor, Keaton revealed his birth name — Michael John Douglas — and his humble beginnings. "I can't remember a time when my father wasn't working two jobs," he said. "To come from the place where I come from, I'm so proud of all my friends and family."
Even a year later, Keaton is still blown away by his involvement in the award-winning film. "I've seen Birdman four times," he told Hollywood Take. "It's not me it's Alejandro [González Iñárritu, writer and director]. It means a lot to be part of something like this. He'll drill down to the specifics to get to the truth of the scene, the reality of the scene. And I like that. It's not just about being pushed, but how you're pushed and why you're pushed. I could go all day!"
After his big wins in 2015, his 2016 is already off to a great start. Keaton was awarded Best Actor for his role in Spotlight at the Monday night event, and the film is already up for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, Spirit Award, Critics' Choice Award and more. When we asked if he's stressed or nervous about the big events he smiled and said, "Nah!"
Other award winners at the Film Critics Circle Awards included Stewart, who picked up a prize for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria and 21-year-old Saoirse Ronan, who scooped up Best Actress following her performance in Brooklyn. Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon and Samuel L. Jackson were also on hand to show their support.
"It means a lot to receive this from you," Stewart said. "I've received a lot of MTV Popcorns and stuff like that. But this is a little different."
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