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Geena Davis presented the accolade to her Beetlejuice co-star and the lead of Birdman. He promised a brief speech for two reasons: “One is, I know you want to get back to your drinking, and the other is, I’ve lived in horrible fear of that music playing behind me!” he laughed.
“Grateful, thankful, appreciative, humbled, did I say grateful?” he said of receiving the award. “Normally, when they give this type of award to someone, it’s because that person is usually dead, and I’m not, and I’m gonna keep on going for a long time.”
Of starring in Birdman, he humorously explained, “There are certain things you go after, certain movies you pursue, sometimes things, certain movies pursue you, and there’s another category which is kind of in between, where you kind of just leave yourself open to getting in the way of things. If you were reading that there were meteor showers happening in the desert, and you were someone wishing to be struck by a meteor, I would suggest spending more time in the desert.
I decided to kind of wander in the desert, hoping that maybe I’d be struck by something like a meteor. Most recently, I was hit hard by a meteor, in the shape of Alejandro Inarritu. This most recent movie Birdman is so extraordinary, and this guy came at it with poetry and imagination and passion. … It’s extraordinarily satisfying and it’s made me extremely happy.”
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