Michael Keaton Wins Best Male Lead At The 2015 Spirit Awards Because 'Birdman' Proves He's Still Got It

US actor Michael Keaton poses for pictures as he arrives on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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It wasn't a big surprise to see that Michael Keaton win the Best Male Lead at the 2015 Spirit Awards. Sure, there were other worthy candidates up for the prize: André Benjamin, otherwise known as half og Outkast to some, for Jimi: All Is By My Side. Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for this creepy and oh-so brilliant portrayal of a Los Angeles nightcrawler in Nightcrawler. And finally, John Lithgow was nominated for his leading role in Love is Strange. 

Birdman follows a washed up actor, played by Keaton, who had once played an iconic superhero (similar to his real life portrayal of Batman many moons ago). He attempts to have a career comeback, reconcile his family, and rehearse for an upcoming stage performance as his life slowly unravels before him. 

Michael Keaton is also nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for his portrayal as a washed up actor in Birdman, but only time will tell if he takes home the coveted prize. Other nominees for Sunday's Oscars ceremony include: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher, Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

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