How do you get over an Oscars snub? For Michael Keaton, moving on from defeat involved tequila at the packed-to-the-rafters Fox after party at Beverly Hills’ Boa Steakhouse around 11:30 p.m. A waitress bearing a silver tray containing a single shot of the good stuff, a glass of ice, and a carafe of water sidled up to the Birdman star amid the throng.
Keaton took off his glasses for a moment, placed them on the tray, filled the glass of ice with water, chugged the shot, knocked back a drink of H20, and put his glasses back on, seeming all the more cheery for his effort.
Meanwhile, in the afterglow of Oscar at the Governor’s Ball, amid a ballroom brimming with Hollywood’s best and brightest—and most expensively shod—a small alcove between champagne glass laden tables provided the backdrop for a tender moment between Boyhood director Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette.
Between the tuxedoed well-wishers (who would not let an interviewer through their ranks) you could see them: him clutching her Oscar to his chest, smiling, listening intently; her grabbing the director’s arm, seeming close to tears. A few dozen yards away, a big band was charging through bossa nova hits. And the rest Hollywood receded like extras into the background.