J. K. Simmons, left, Michael Keaton and Patricia Arquette. (Illustration by Chris Morris / For The Times)
Even though these actors have years of film experience under their belts, this year marks the first time they are nominees for an Academy Award.
Michael Keaton. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Michael Keaton's spirits high with 'Birdman'
As washed-up actor Riggan Thomson in "Birdman," Michael Keaton is desperate to make a comeback after a successful film career playing a winged superhero. Riggan teeters on the edge of existential crisis even as he hopes that by staging a Broadway production he'll regain...