After Keaton won lead actor comedy/musical for "Birdman," he gave a rambling speech that ended with a surprising, emotional payoff.
"My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful," Keaton said, his voice catching. "He also happens to be my son, Sean. I love you with all my heart, buddy."
Aaaaw. How much does Keaton love his son? He told me in an interview a few weeks ago that he initially wasn't going to travel to the Venice Film Festival for "Birdman's" premiere because Sean's wedding was scheduled immediately afterward. "It was too close," Keaton said. "If something was to happen and the flight got canceled ... no way."
But Sean, a successful songwriter, came up with a solution. He asked Keaton if he and his then fiancee, Rachel Bartov, could go to Venice too. Then if there were any travel complications, obviously, there couldn't be a wedding.
"It was nice having them captive," Keaton said. "Then we got back and hit the ground running. The wedding was the next day."
Keaton already had plenty of people wanting to reward him for both "Birdman" and his career. That speech gave them -- and others -- another reason to check off his name.