An Ode to Mr. Keaton’s Almost Oscar Win

(Not an Oscar.)
(Not an Oscar.)

The most consistent thing I’ve encountered so far, in life, has been doubt. Not necessarily between people or in the same circumstances. Moreso, I’ve found doubt to counter ideology and (seemingly) restore balance to self-thought. Doubt doesn’t have bias and it isn’t tailored to any single idea or belief. Rather it is present to refocus on what is overlooked or forgotten. Doubt is ever-present within Humanity because apparently, we’re not allowed to be certain of anything.

But Doubt is a subtlety.

Ideas like Fate and Destiny are answers that people tend to agree upon, but not wholly. On a base level, assuming Fate and Destiny actually have effects on lives, they do create interesting situations.

The 2015 Oscars were aired not too long ago and among the films nominated there was Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The movie starred Michael Keaton and portrayed him as a has-been super-hero actor trying to re-establish the persona he’s been given by the film industry. The movie did really well — as far as awards — and gained respectable recognition for its stars and production crew; good things were abundant.

But you’re reading about Fate and Destiny.

It’s kind of funny how some situations end up playing out. In this case the nominees, winners, and losers, for “Actor In a Leading Role.” Eddie Redmayne ended up winning for his performance and more importantly — for the article — Michael Keaton and his Riggan Thomson seem to have come in second place.

And with a race that seemed as close as this one second place is heartbreaking. This movie changed the competition though. The line between Riggan Thomson and Michael Keaton was drawn thin.

So this movie about an actor’s career and life gets an Oscar Nomination for it’s star portraying this role and he doesn’t win. Maybe it’s Destiny or maybe it’s Fate. There might be alternate realities. It could be Karma and it could be coincidence. But these kinds of things happen in the background, on quieter terms, in the shadows of the winners, first-placers, and gold-medalers. And not everyone knows the kind of devastation these near-misses tend to have on the people they happen to.

These kinds of events are beyond explaining. They create examples and cases that make parenting difficult and equality circumstantial. It’s not a perfect world. Not everyone can win. There is no world peace. And things can’t really be fair. Silver spoons aren’t granted to everyone and sometimes luck beats work and talent.

Some opinions say Michael Keaton should have won and others argue the opposite. There is no changing what already took place and there is no reason to say the outcome should have been any different. That’s just how it happened. I’m sure Mr. Keaton and I feel the same way about who we would’ve wanted to go home with the small statue but I’m also sure he isn’t tearing apart his dressing room because his nomination did not turn into a win… but I could be wrong.

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