Michael Keaton’s Humble Faith and Family Speech Is Something All of America Can Get Behind

Sunday night, Michael Keaton won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy, or Musical for his performance in Birdman. Keaton beat out noted actors Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, and Bill Murray.

When he stepped up to the podium to receive his award, Keaton delivered an emotional, heartfelt speech on the importance of family:

“In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple: Work hard, don’t quit, be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful, also to never whine ever, never complain, and, always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.

My name’s Michael John Douglas, I’m from Forest Grove, Pennsylvania. I’m the son — seventh child — of George and Leona Douglas. And I don’t ever remember a time when my father didn’t work two jobs. When my mother wasn’t saying the rosary or going to mass or trying to take care of seven kids in a rundown farmhouse, she was volunteering at the Ohio Valley Hospital where I was born in the hallway.

I’ve got six wonderful brothers and sisters. I have some tremendous, tremendously loving and generous friends all over the world. My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful — did I say kind? He also… He also happens to be my son, Sean.”

Sean was a big hit on Twitter, after his father’s speech aired:

The actor concluded his speech with a heartfelt message of gratitude:

I love you with all my heart, buddy. This is for ‘all those people. Sorry, shoot. Two things I said I wasn’t going to do — cry and give air quotes. Damn. I’m so grateful, honestly, from the bottom of my heart, You have no idea what this means to me. To come from the place where I come from, I’m proud of all of my friends and my family. Thank you very, very much. I’m extremely grateful.

Keaton starred in Birdman in 2014. Including the category Keaton won in, the film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, was nominated for seven Golden Globes.

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