Is Eddie Redmayne waging a better Oscar campaign than Michael Keaton?

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I really was stunned when Eddie Redmayne won the SAG Award for Best Actor on Sunday. I really thought Michael Keaton had the Best Actor race locked up, which would have meant all of the acting categories were already locked in weeks ahead of the Oscars (JK Simmons and Julianne Moore are sure things, and I do think Patricia Arquette will win Supporting Actress). But Eddie threw a wrench into the works. Now Best Actor is anyone’s game. Except not really, it’s either going to be Eddie or Michael.

If Eddie ends up winning the Oscar, we will be doing a post-game analysis of how Eddie managed to pull an upset. We will re-examine Eddie’s campaign, his attitude, and how he played all of it. I think it helped that Eddie got engaged before his Oscar campaign geared up, and that he married a lovely lady that he’s been with for several years, unlike Benedict Cumberbatch’s shotgun situation. I also think attitude counts for a lot – Eddie is a posh, well-educated guy, but he also comes across as humble and grateful for the praise he’s received. He’s well-liked in the actor community and his acceptance speeches have been on-point.

Anyway, Eddie appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. He was pitch perfect, honestly. He talked about how amazing it was to receive his SAG from Julia Roberts, who is his father’s favorite actress: “SAG Awards it was Julia Roberts, which was pretty breathtaking. My dad’s favorite film is Pretty Woman so as a kid, I think at an inappropriate age, I was watching Pretty Woman. This moment happens when your name gets read out and it’s such sort of extraordinary euphoria and it’s kind of white noise, it all goes into a sort of blur.” He also says that he and his wife are huge Friends fans and they stalked her at a party until she finally introduced herself. Eddie’s playing this like he’s the Hollywood outsider, which is sort of smart.

So… if you were a voting Academy member, would you go with Eddie or Michael Keaton?

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  1. mia girl says:

    Keaton, it’s GOT to be Keaton.
    #nooffensetoRedmayne

    • Kiddo says:

      Full disclosure, I have not seen Redmayne’s film, but on the surface, he creeps me out a lil’ bit.

    • Sunny says:

      Of all the actors nominated I think it should be Keaton(full disclosure I cannot bring myself to watch American Sniper). Eddie is very good in a physically demanding role but I thought the movie was weak and honestly, I didn’t think of his performance for longer then 5 minutes past the end of the movie.

      Sigh, my favourite performances this year were Jake G in Nightcrawler, and David Olyeowo in Selma. Both stunning, stunning work that left me thinking about the films for weeks after.

      #TeamKeatonIguess

      • Someonestolemyname says:

        Hollywood loves a Comeback story. Keaton would give them that.
        Eddie has years of awards and numerous work ahead.

        Too close to call for me….but I love the idea of Keaton and his comeback.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Hollywood likes to award itself as well and it was represented in Birdman.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      It’s a hard one to call.
      I went to Sag screenings of both and Keaton is a amazing in Birdman. A stellar performance.
      I also think Keaton is the sentimental favorite but it’s still too close to call.

      But…Eddie Redmayne is fantastic, Flawless performance, he pulls at the heartstrings too and I think the the Academy would love to have Steven Hawkings come on stage w Eddie and accept the award.

      I think the voting is neck and neck …too close to call!

      But I’m wondering if the British Academy voter’s will split their votes between Cummbie and Redmayne, making a larger bulk of American Academy voters go to Keaton.
      I have no clue on numbers of British Academy members and American Academy members, then there’s the European (French,Spain) Academy members who I think are going for Keaton from reading the press.

      In other words, I think it’s too close to call.
      What about a TIE? That would be interesting! :)

      Eddie winning the Sag was amazing, it surprised me even though I loved his performance, I still though Keaton would win it.

      Maybe the Academy wants to honor Steven Hawkings life as well as Eddie’s performance.
      Or..Maybe they want to honor Micheal’s dedication to his career and a stellar performance.

  2. pix says:

    If Eddie wins over Michael Keaton, I will be so upset.

    • Katenotkatie says:

      If Eddie wins it will be because Hollywood and the Academy LOVE seeing non-disabled actors play disabled characters, a gross/inspiration porn-y phenomenon that I’m really sick of.

  3. Patty says:

    Eddie. I think of all of nominated actors vying for Best Actor, he gave the best performance. Quite frankly I’d hate to see him lose simply because Michael Keaton has the more established career.

    I’m sick of awards that should be based on a single performance being doled out based on a body of work. And I’m sick of make up Oscars being awarded to people who should have won years ago or for a different performance.

    Nothing against Michael Keaton who was great in Birdman; but I do believe Eddie had the best performance. He was sublime.

    • NYer says:

      I think you really need to let go of the illusion that the Academy Awards are based on any sort of logic or reason.

    • Greata says:

      @Patty…I saw both films, and I so agree with your assessment. IMO Eddie is the more deserving.

    • Liv says:

      I didn’t see the Birdman yet, but Eddie was amazing – unbelievable how he played Hawkings! So I’m totally rooting for Eddie – since Cumberbatch is obviously officially off the Oscar train after his comment I think it comes down to these two.

    • Ctkat1 says:

      Patty, I agree with you. I know how the Oscars operate (they love to give a make-up Oscar as a sort of “overall career achievement”, and the oldies of the academy are far too swayed by the campaigning [I have a hope that as the older voters die out, the campaigning will quiet down since most people who do it now seem to find it exhausting]). However, the question asked of us was how would we vote, and I would vote for Redmayne, because having seen all of the nominated performances, I think his was technically and emotionally the best. Keaton was wonderful, but Redmayne would get my vote based on these specific performances.

    • Sadie says:

      Definitely Eddie! I thought Michael Keaton was the dullest part of an otherwise good movie, while Eddie (and Felicity) elevated a mediocre film.

  4. aims says:

    I’d vote for Michael because I like him as a person and I always love a comeback. I think Eddie will win, but Michael is now back in the game.

    I also loved Michael’s speech at the Golden Globes. It was heartfelt and it made me cry.

  5. Lauren says:

    Am I the only one who really hated Birdman? :/

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I wasn’t a huge fan of it, either. But I thought the performances, especially Michael Keaton and Emma Stone, were excellent.

    • Izzards Chick says:

      no, you aren’t. it was the suckiest movie I’ve seen in a long time. what a bust of an ending, although the movie was such crap i didn’t expect much by then. Oscar worthy? not on your life.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I didn’t like the ending but I did enjoy the film and some scenes, basically any scene with Norton, were hilarious.

    • Ditto says:

      HATED it. Couldn’t wait for it to end!

    • TheOnlyDee says:

      When we walked out of the theater, my husband looked at me and said “I thought that was supposed to be a comedy.” I told him “it was a comedy” and he just replied “Oh.” That pretty much sums it up for me. I got it, and I respected it, but it’s not a film I am dying to see again. I’d rather watch a marathon of the first two Batman films and Beetlejuice, to be honest.

    • I just saw the trailer, and I didn’t think it looked like a good movie, to be honest. I would probably watch it if it came on netflix or hulu, but I wouldn’t pay to watch it.

    • Sadie says:

      No. It may not seem like it, but a bunch of critics didn’t like it. Personally I liked it right up until it started following Michael Keaton’s character exclusively. Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts were all so good and when they basically dropped out of the film it got much less interesting.

    • Felice says:

      I feel like people in the industry and arts like it because they can relate to it somewhat.

      • Mary-Alice says:

        No. I work in arts, always have, and went to see it with a company of friends and colleagues. We were not impressed.

    • Nina says:

      I loved it. But then, I love movies about Hollywood and in particular,about midlife angst, redemption, and family dynamics. I thought it was great funny film. Keaton was good but norton and everyone else was spectacular.

  6. OhDear says:

    I haven’t seen either of their performances, so can’t say. However, everybody loves an “aw, shucks, I’m so happy to be here” campaign. Eddie’s done a good job in campaigning without seeming as if he’s campaigning (it does help him that The Other English Best Actor Nominee Who Shall Not Be Named has been a bit over the top in his campaign).

  7. caitlin says:

    I’ve seen both Birdman and TTOE I have too say Eddie edges it. Both are pheonmal but the committed Eddie made was just incredible.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Agree. Saw both films. Keaton (I love him) was excellent. Eddie’s portrayal blew me away. Eddie should win, but I think the old guard that is the Academy will award Keaton for his career.

      As for the better campaign, Eddie is going by the book. Keaton doesn’t even appear to be waging a campaign.

    • LB says:

      I agree. Saw both movies. Eddie’s better. If he loses, he’ll be another one who will need to get a make up Oscar.

    • mia girl says:

      Yes, Redmayne’s performance is incredible. But somehow I was moved more by Keaton’s performance.

      Not to diminish Redmayne, but maybe it’s because I could see other actors (ie DDL) delivering an equal performance of Hawking, while Keaton’s performance seem to be more singular to him and his energy. Like Redmayne’s performance definitely lived up to the role, but Keaton’s performance made the role. Not sure if I am articulating myself well or if this makes sense, but there it is.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        You make a very good point about Keaton’s role – he redefined himself in a career that’s already been defined. No small feat for any actor.

      • Sunny says:

        @Mia I think your point is insightful. I couldn’t put my finger on why I thought Eddie performance was excellent but un-affecting but I guess in my mind I was comparing it to DDL in My Left Foot(OMG the greatest) and it is just not on that level. Still great work but not the best of the year in my opinion.

        Wouldn’t hate it if Eddie won though, he seems hard working and charming.

      • MtnRunner says:

        I get what you’re saying Mia. I wasn’t particularly moved by the Birdman story, but loved Keaton’s performance and would be thrilled for him to be recognized for it. Eddie took what I thought was a more difficult role and nailed it (tho’ I thought the movie was formulaic and sentimental), so in that sense I think his performance was better.

        I think they are equally deserving solely on their performances (not story or how “good’ the movie was), but I’d give Eddie the edge, though my Beetlejuice/Batman-loving heart wants Keaton to get it.

        With Eddie’s surprise win at the SAGS, I think he’s likely to get the BAFTA and is a direct threat to Keaton’s assumed lock on the Oscar. I would be happy for either/both to win, tbh.

      • liesz says:

        I pretty much feel the same way as Mia and Sunny. By the end of the movie, Michael Keaton gradually drew me into his character and made me care for him in ways that I didn’t expect to at first.

      • j says:

        didn’t like birdman or ttoe, but i thought Keaton was better, harder to pull off in terms of audience caring. tbh i liked jones better than redmayne in ttoe

        that being said, i would have given it to ralph fiennes so idc who wins i guess lol

  8. Kimmy says:

    I recently saw Birdman and TOEis up next…..I have no idea! Eddie gives me chills in the previews. But Michael Keaton was pretty great.

  9. Q says:

    Off topic but I this morning I read that Brad and Angie are adopting again! Someone please confirm!

    • Janet says:

      The rumor is they are adopting a Syrian orphan and it’s 100% false. Syria has some of the strictest adoption laws on the planet. They do not allow international adoption by anyone, not even the Jolie-Pitts.

      • jen2 says:

        Thank you. The American Embassy even has a special notification to this effect. Syria as you state has very strict rules regarding out of religion/international adoption. This rumor is another recycled one from when they visited Syria (many years ago), this time they just gave the child a name.

    • Yeah, I’ve been reading this rumor on twitter….nope.

  10. scout says:

    Eddie deserves the Oscar but Micheal Keaton might get it because people want him to have it after all the noms. May the best man win.

  11. Pandora says:

    An English Gentleman does not wage a campaign, but instead calmly decamps to the Chateau Marmont, drinks copious amounts of tea, and allows the offgassing of his superiority to contaminate the atmosphere of the thirty mile zone

  12. Kiki says:

    Give it to both Michael and Eddie! Lol

    I think both these guys are infinitely more likeable, genuine, down to to earth, smart and interesting and have that certain thing more than Cumberbatch.

  13. paola says:

    It seems like no one is thinking of Cumberbatch as a real oscar contender. I didn’t watch Birdman but i watched The theory of everything and The imitation game.
    I have to say I loved Redmayne’s portrait of Stephen Hawking but the film was a bit disappointing.. I expected it to be more about his scientific work more than his personal life escursus. Eddie was great though.. it was like watching the real Stephen Hawking on camera. I loved the Imitation game and I think Cumberbatch has great chances at the Oscars.

    • Betti says:

      Probably because he ain’t gonna win and hasn’t won any of the major awards for TIG – they’ve gone to Eddie or Keaton. Fair assumption to make and there is rarely an upset at the Oscars.

  14. InvaderTak says:

    ER has played the game a bit better this year. But does that really matter? Keaton has the respect of a lot of the industry and has experience on his side. Redmayne is still a rookie with one contender so far. I’m still rooting for Keaton. It’s too close to call, really.

    On a Redmayne note: there are new pictures of Jupiter Ascending out this morning. He looks like the non-campy version of Gary Oldman in the fifth element to me.

    • Freebunny says:

      Non-campy? We didn’t see the same trailer.
      JA looks like a mess and Eddie is perhaps the worst part, but I support him for the Oscar anyway.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Ok, non corny maybe? It was pretty campy overall but not in the intentionally over the top way the fifth element was.

      • That movie looks HORRIBLE (with pretty special effects).

      • j says:

        its supposed to be terrible, it debuted at in a hush hush screening at sundance and 1/2 the audience walked out

        eddie’s acting is reportedly one of the worst things about it, but i dont think that will hurt his chances or anything tbh

    • Kiki04 says:

      I agree with this. I’m not actually sure who votes for the SAGs but I have to think it’s a different group than who votes for the Oscars. And I feel like sometimes (all the time?) the Oscars give it to someone who is older or is due an oscar, or etc etc etc. Not that Keaton didn’t put in an amazing performance, but I could see them giving it to him on the odds that Eddie has more good performances in him and more time to get one.

      Sigh, I remember when I was little and I thought the Oscars was all about who was the best actor…….

      • Lilacflowers says:

        SAG voters are actors who have membership in the union, so pretty much all of them. The Oscars, while nominations are voted by people in that category, the final Oscar wins are voted by all members of AMPAS, which includes editors, cinematographers, directors, music people, costume designers, and, yes, actors. Actors are the largest category of AMPAS members but an actor only becomes an AMPAS member if nominated for an Oscar or invited to join and they only invite about 4-5 each year.

  15. Reece says:

    Eddie. I saw Birdman and it was good but Eddie got me. Eddie all the way.

  16. Mia4S says:

    Keaton.

    Redmayne was very good though and very well campaign-trained. Down to earth? Please, this Old Etonian is so posh he makes Cumby look working class. I really hope the stories I heard about Redmayne enjoying fox hunting aren’t true. :-/ It was and always has been a disgusting hobby.

  17. The Original Mia says:

    Michael, all the way. I won’t lose any sleep over Eddie winning, though. As long as it’s not BCoop, I’m good.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      ^This.

    • CK says:

      Michael and Eddie could split the vote and the late in the season rise of American Sniper could carry BCoop over the top. It’s happened before and is the reason why Adrien Brody can boast to beating out Daniel Day Lewis, Nicholas Cage, Michael Caine, and Jack Nicholson. If Eddie doesn’t seal it up with the Bafta, it may just go that way. I don’t see Keaton having the support to put him over the top without the SAG and the BAFTA.

    • mia girl says:

      @CK – I am hoping that Ralph Fiennes takes the BAFTA. His performance is seriously underappreciated. And then Keaton gets the Oscar. :)

      Agree with all – NO B. COOP

  18. Stef Leppard says:

    Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die! Woooooo! Heh.

  19. Catelina says:

    Way better, I feel like he’s been making red carpet appearances for months now. Keaton has been way more low key, but he has the better movie and the better performance (in my opinion). I will be quite sad if he doesnt win.

  20. Lisa Danielle says:

    I actually haven’t seen Birdman or Theory of Everything but I heard a funny report that Eddie’s performance in “Jupiter Ascending” (and “Jupiter Ascending” in general) is SO bad that his people are trying to distance him from it because it could hurt his chances in the Oscar run.

    • OhDear says:

      Should he win both, he can do what Halle Berry did and go to the Razzie Awards with his Oscar, lol.

    • 'P'enny says:

      i saw a clip of Jupiter Ascending and Eddie did a convincing creepy evil guy. But, the film has been delayed a lot, which gets the gossip mongers going that it has to be bad. Considering i couldn’t even finish watching the trailer for Black hat it can’t be that bad, surely?

  21. Sam says:

    Michael Keaton! I loved how Birdman was kind of played as a wink-wink nod to an actor with a long career and how Keaton seemed so willing to make himself (and his own career) the butt of jokes. Eddie did a movie that ran full head-on into “disability porn.” That shouldn’t even hold up. The Academy so loves giving Oscars to people who deign to portray disabled people, like it’s some kind of incredible skill. Disability shouldn’t be a the “go-to” thing for getting awards, and it’s really weird that it’s become so. It’s icky.

  22. Beth says:

    I don’t like Michael Keaton. Something about his face makes me feel like he’s missing a facial feature, even though he isn’t. Like it’s incomplete. I can’t explain it. But it puts me off. I haven’t seen either of these movies yet, but I’d like to.

  23. mom2two says:

    I will direct you to comments made by Gold Derby insider, Tom O’ Neil and why he keeps backing Eddie Redmanye:
    http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/10426
    Eddie is campaigning hard. Very hard. Not saying that Michael Keaton isn’t campaigning hard but Eddie is definitely not conceding the award to him for sure.
    I did not see Theory of Everything, so I cannot compare performances. I loved Birdman and I think Keaton was terrific and one of the best performances I’ve seen on the screen in a long time. I really want him to win this one.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Wow!
      @mom2two, thanks for that link! Read just a few pages of the comments, and that’s a LOT of Eddie Tea! I had NO idea he has consistently worked so hard for awards, going back to his Tony! Here’s a little something for the rest of you, to tempt you to the link (posted by the OP of GoldDerby):
      “BTW, honest to gawd, Eddie Redmayne called me soon after the SAG Awards to thank me for sticking by him. I damned near dropped the phone in shock.

      “I was starting to lose confidence that I could do this when I saw the other experts ditching me,” he said. “Thanks for your extraordinary support. I look forward to seeing you next week at the Oscar nominations lunch.” That’s where I’ll be interviewing him and other nominees at length for our new video collaboration with “Entertainment Tonight.” Stay tuned for details.”
      Wow. He really has the gladhanding down!
      (Eddie running through New York street vendors to make an interview schedule is a special image–read the thread.)

    • 'P'enny says:

      of course he is campaigning hard! he has lost a lot PR ground to other brit actors over the last couple of years. 2-3 years ago he was the big breakthrough and then it went all Benedict, James McVoy and Tom Hardy and even Tom Hiddleston had taken his place has posh kid from Eton. I think he has a bone to pick and wants to say, heh! remember me?? he has got a good catalogue of drama behind him. I wouldn’t expect anything less, he’s driven and wants his due.

  24. Sarah says:

    Having now finally seen both of them (along with The Imitation Game and Boyhood – still haven’t seen Selma), I really like Redmayne’s performance. That being said, I will be happy with either Eddie or Michael. I love Michael Keaton and have for years. Everyone loves a good comeback story and Michael has that. I just have to wonder if he peaked too early, perhaps? I also thought Cumberbatch was excellent, but I think his whole campaign has ruined any chance he really had.

  25. Rigby says:

    Eddie’s probably going to win the BAFTA, because they usually give the awards to the British nominees.

    Up until Eddie won the SAG award, I thought the Oscar was Michael’s. Now, I’m not so sure.

  26. Ali says:

    Eddie’s campaign is hardcore. He’s everywhere and everytime has a completely new, charming story that makes people like him. I haven’t seen Keaton campaigning much. So since Oscars are usually handed to people with batter campaigns (because probably most of the Academy members haven’t even seen all the movies), I would say it’ll go to Eddie. To be fair though he was brilliant in a very avarege, forgettable movie.

  27. dante says:

    I’d bet on Keaton with the outside possibility that Redmayne & Keaton split enough votes between them that somehow it allows Cumberbatch to slip through.

    In general, it seems the Academy places a pretty high premium on an actor’s complete body of work, along with the particular film for which they’ve been nominated. Keaton has been around for a long, long time, and I would think that makes him the favorite over Redmayne. Academy members might tend to view it as Keaton perhaps not getting another chance for best actor after this year, while Redmayne will probably have plenty of years to be getting back up on that stage again. And Birdman struck me as a true work of art; just brilliant.

  28. Josefa says:

    I prefer Keaton. I haven’t seen TToE, and I don’t really want to either. I have nothing against Eddie – I just prefer when older actors get the oscars. I feel like getting one so young is overkill. People will remember you for the nomination anyway. It’d be like JLaw all over again. I love her, and I did think she more or less deserved it, but I’d rather if it goes to someone older.

  29. CK says:

    At this point, it’s looking like it’s Redmayne’s to lose. He didn’t concede the race early or buy into the “overdue” narrative, and that is probably going to work to his favor. He delivered a performance on par if not better than Keaton’s so I’m not shocked when you factor in his outside connections, as we’ve done Keatons, that he may come out on top.
    I’m just not sure that selling the “overdue” narrative for Keaton was the best idea. Sure, he’s been in a lot of films, but a lot of them many have been stinkers, few of them have been prestige vehicles, and there aren’t many award mentions that he can cite.
    His “overdue” narrative also pails in comparison to the “overdue” narrative in play for Moore, Simmons, and Arquette. So Eddie lucks out by being the young ingenue delivering a great physical performance. If he wins the Bafta, it’s a done deal for Keaton. At that point, it’s either a (yum) Redmayne steam roll or an inevitable vote split leading to victory for one of the others, my money would be on BCoop.

  30. Izzards Chick says:

    Birdman: awful film with actors that do better elsewhere Theory of Everything: amazing film, actors are great IN the movie. someone needs to tell the Academy they can email Michael Keaton and say “I’ve missed you! where have you been??” and NOT throw an Oscar at him for deigning to grace us with his presence after being so universally missed

  31. Lilacflowers says:

    Oscars rarely go to performances that are considered “comic” and that may be the problem for Keaton since so many have labeled Birdman a comedy, which it really is not.

  32. TotallyBiased says:

    Well, Eddie SURE as h*ll ran a better campaign than Cephalod-Spouse-To-Be.
    And actually I believe ER has greatly benefited from BC’s imploded/exploded/scorched earth apocalypse of a campaign–I say this because in the beginning, I suspect AMPAS voters didn’t really distinguish between them. Grave danger of splitting the “Brit guy who played a hampered genius” vote.
    As things progressed, the dialogue evolved and people stopped speaking of them both in the same paragraph. Then it became Eddie and Keaton–but their roles are so very different that I don’t think there will be a split vote issue.

  33. moon says:

    Nothing to do with campaigning. I’m an actor and I can tell you that we in the acting community think Eddie was the far superior actor to Michael.

    • Veruca Salt says:

      My cousin is an actor, as well, and his best friends are a film director and well-known, critically-acclaimed, award winning A List celeb (moviestar who has also done very, very well in theatre) however, all three bow down to Keaton and thought his performance was superior to Redmayne’s. Different strokes for different folks, even for those who work in the same field, I guess. ;-)

  34. skippy says:

    Darling Eddie gets my vote. I have adored him in Yellow Handkerchief and Birdsong.
    And his Oscar nominated performance film too.

  35. lila fowler says:

    There’s a blind item that the studio behind Eddie’s next movie, Jupiter Ascending, is throwing money at Oscar voters because it’s a terrible movie and they want to market it as having an Oscar winner in it.

    • ctkat1 says:

      But it comes out 2 weeks before the Oscars, so how will that work? The marketing will have to be done before the Oscars are decided.

      I think the bigger issue is whether Jupiter Ascending will be Eddie’s Norbit and derail his Oscar chances, or whether he can rise above it like Sandra Bullock (All About Steve).

  36. PD says:

    Guys I’m in one of these moods and I want to rant about Benedict Cumberbatch and this is sort of on topic. So here goes. I don’t intend to click on or come on any of his posts because I don’t want to be that person so I’ll let it out right now lol.

    I cannot stand that man (cumbertwat) and am glad he has fallen of the radar, he’s pissing me off. I think my dislike is veering into hatred and that’s so extreme and wrong I know! Makes me uncomfortable as a person and as an actor I find him so clinical, he knows he’s an actor and that’s what he loves doing acting, try and understand what I mean when I say that he’s acting.

    I can’t find find myself believing that he’s given himself completely over or is immersed in his roles it’s all planned and all pretentious. ” I play geniuses because that’s how I see myself, better than everyone” When I watched Keaton in birdman, I was witnessing a expression of this mans truth and torment and it was amazing! Same with Sean Penn his performances (mystic river, dead man walking, milk and more) just thinking about them chill me.

    I wish Benedict would just go away, I hope his next few ventures fail. He a con and had played everyone. I was hoping for a backlash since he exploded a couple of years ago and I feel like I was one of the only ones who could see this guy isn’t what he’s portraying. And people have gone against him because of the engagement but for me his own undoing will be his own self because he’s not this great guy.

    I’d seen hollywood reporter roundtable when it first aired and he’s just a non entity. I’ve said something’s about that roundtable already at some point so I won’t say more. Keaton and Tim Spall are brilliant btw! Somebody mentioned one with Robert Downey Jr and cumbertwat was so annoying I wish he would’ve gone. I love how he got the least attention and he was uncomfortable, he was planning in his head of what to say instead of being natural and he kept trying to suck up or deliberately said things that would make him seem better. Loved Downeys facial expression of when Benedict was talking about his engagement as someone mentioned and he’s like I could write an op-ed about thing as opposed a few things on twitter as if he was saying twitter is for idiots and I’m cleverer than most you dumb people. It was so obnoxious and arrogant argh!!!! (wish someone can make a gif of roberts face during the engagement convo ) I loved how the others refused to be all buddy buddy with him. He kept trying to inject himself into every convo. I feel he’s patronising towards Eddie. I have no doubt in my mind he thinks he was a better hawking. Especially ad Eddies so innocent and relatable and humble the comparison to cumbertwat is astonishing as he is none of that.

    He will never fit in with these Hollywood icons because he’s a legend in his own mind, an outsider who is desperately trying to be an insider, hopefully it backfires on him big time. If you watch with other actors at these roundtables, he’s the only one that doesn’t have warmth or emotional intelligence in him. Something about him just gives me a bad energy or vibe, compared to Robert, Keaton and Eddie who I could listen to and hang out with any day.

    Honestly I feel like a tell a persons character now if they DONT like Benedict and that’s a good thing. These men and women aren’t populists and support underdogs and aren’t manipulated. I think Meryl ain’t that keen on him. The photobombing at this years GGs, the changing suits, the stuff he says in interviews, who else would get away with these things anyone else would just get ripped apart but not him. Celebitchy dislikes Jennifer Aniston so imagine what would be said if she said stuff like my eyes are deep and think deeply (paraphrasing something he said) I mean come off it! He’s the most roll eye worthy person in celebrity world right now.

    Sorry for raving, I’ve been pissed off today and he’s riled me up and where else can I rant apart from u folk at celebitchy lol!

    • al says:

      Knock yourself out, but this is bizarre, definitely wrong on some points, and incredibly presumptuous.

    • Mika says:

      Now that my rose colored glasses have officially shattered, I’m with you 100% on what you said about BC. Especially since after reading his latest LA Times interview. He gets no well wishes from me. Not anymore.

    • j says:

      eh the la times interview is typical but not bad imo and not “new”, it’s from pre-golden globes. will be interesting to see what happens now

      PD, tbh the whole people who don’t like bc aren’t populist thing is so snobby, i can’t even

    • Maggie says:

      @ PD

      I think a quote from the award winning radio comedy starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole and John Finnemore is appropriate here.

      “Write it down, put it in an envelope, tear it in half, throw it away and shut your face.”

      The quote is not meant to be offensive but it might have been better if, after writing this tirade you had ripped it up.

  37. Veruca Salt says:

    Keaton, no contest. His acting has only gotten better over the years and the fact that his character was a vain, shallow yet well-intentioned and conflicted man was portrayed SO WELL, on screen, I felt bad for him but at the same time, I found it ridiculous that he was losing his mind over something so trivial and he managed to be hilariously dark along the way.

    I watched TTOE and I thought Redmayne was the only redeeming quality of the movie. It was formulaic and unimaginative and goddamn, if the director does not love using lens flare. The “rewind” shot of Hawking’s life was put in such a corny way, it reminded me of the films that HS students make when they’re either too lazy to go through more footage or they’ve realized, they don’t have good material to “finish” off a movie, so they just dump this “flashback/rewind” scene with all the notable scenes, near the end, in hopes of making viewers forget all the dragging parts and to make it seem like it has more substance than it actually does. Felicity Jones was as dull as dishwater next to Eddie. I don’t think her nomination was deserved, it was not groundbreaking, heartfelt and she made the material she had (which is so Oscar baity, mind you!) and turned it into bad and lazy amateur theatre camp material, by delivering her lines in a wooden and obviously forced manner. I think it is so much easier for an actor to tug on people’s heartstrings by being given a script about a physically disabled genius of our time and showing the journey of not only overcoming his disability but of also showing how he succeeded. I mean, how could you not root for this guy to win all the awards, right? But there is something to be appreciated about an actor who takes on a role of a conceited, but at the same time, insecure, unlikable, past his prime loser.

    I’m not saying everyone’s opinion is like this, I’m sure there are some who really love Redmayne’s acting. But IMO, I think some people who are rooting for Eddie think they are rooting for the underdog, when really, the win was practically handed to him on an easy, peesy silver platter. He has to play humble like he is an outsider, which I agree, is a genius move. This makes it less obvious that with TTOE and Stephen Hawking’s story, this was already a shoo-in for him, despite, other actors’ outstanding and superior performances (Keaton, Simmon, Spall, Gyllenhaal).

  38. Janet says:

    The whole concept of campaigning for an award makes me want to hurl. They should just give it to the best actor and have done with it.