Michael Keaton Honored by French Government

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Actor Michael Keaton has been feted with a prestigious cultural award by top French officials.

The Birdman star was made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters during a special ceremony in Paris, France on Monday, when he was lauded by Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin for his career achievements.

“(I am) grateful and honored for such a tribute,” Keaton said. “This is something about which, as a boy, I could never have imagined – and as a boy I had a big imagination. Yours is a culture that has such respect for beauty and art that if I made, in a small way, a contribution to that culture I’m honored, grateful and proud. This is one of the biggest days of my life.”

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Past recipients of the honor include Chinese actor Tony Leung and folk legend Donovan.

Keaton’s latest accolade came the day after his latest movie, Spotlight, was named Best Picture at the Critics’ Choice Awards in California. The film, which chronicles the drama surrounding The Boston Globe‘s 2002 reporting of the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal, also picked up the Best Acting Ensemble gong, while Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy claimed the Best Original Screenplay prize.

The film was also named the Best Picture of 2015 by officials at the U.S. National Society of Film Critics on January 3, and it’s up for the top Oscar after landing a nomination last week.

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