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Golden Globes: Michael Keaton wins Best Actor, Motion Picture Comedy

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Michael Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy at Sunday night’s awards ceremony, beating out Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Joaquin Phoenix, and Christoph Waltz.

“The reason people go on about thanking so many people is because there are so many people to thank,” deadpanned Keaton, before acknowledging his director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.

“There’s not a person in this room who won’t show up for your next gig, my brother,” he said. “Thanks for being a true artist. Thanks for letting me be a part of this gutsy look at human nature.”

Keaton then took the time to reflect on his working-class Pennsylvania upbringing, where his father constantly worked two jobs and his mother raised him and his six siblings. (He also dropped his birth name: Michael John Douglas.) Keaton then thanked his friends “all over the world,” choking up before he mentioned his very best friend: his son, Sean.

“This is for all those people,” said Keaton.