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11/12/2014 05:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Is Birdman Michael Keaton's Best Performance Ever?

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The buzz around Michael Keaton's star turn in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) got our users wondering: "Where the heck has he been all these years?" As it turns out, Keaton has quietly been racking up some iconic performances that may finally get an overdue honor from the Academy this February. Here's how they ranked his best:

10. Bill Blazejowski (Night Shift, 1982)
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Night Shift was Keaton's first big break, and fast-talking, big-dreaming morgue attendant Bill "Blaze" Blazejowski immediately earned him critical acclaim and paved the way for the quirky oddball roles that defined much of his career in the 1980s.

9. Daryl Poynter (Clean and Sober, 1988)
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The addiction drama was a major departure from Keaton's comic work, but Clean and Sober proved that he had some serious chops.

8. Jack Frost (Jack Frost, 1998)
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What has to go wrong with your afterlife prospects to get reincarnated as a snowman? Jack Frost may be one of the least sensical movies on this list (and that's saying something), but Keaton's titular performance remains oddly endearing...at least until the spring melt.

7. Johnny Kelly (Johnny Dangerously, 1984)
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The madcap mob-spoof combined the manic energy Keaton brings to the screen with a pitch-perfect slapstick absurdity, and the result was a cult classic that still holds up thirty years later.

6. Doug Kinney (Multiplicity, 1996)
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We're pretty sure that Orphan Black is somehow a remake of this '90s cloning comedy, but it's hard to say for sure. One thing is clear, though: the only thing better than one Keaton performance is four of them.

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5. Jack Butler (Mr. Mom, 1983)
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The John Hughes comedy about a stay-at-home dad struggling to hold his life together was ahead of its time in its predictions of the changes in store for the American family, and Keaton brought to it a touching combination of panic and heart.

4. Bruce Wayne (Batman Returns, 1992)
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The second Batman film was intended to be an evolution in a blockbuster franchise; instead, everything fell apart. When director Tim Burton was asked to step aside after the second movie, Keaton also walked from the series...leaving us with Val Kilmer in the batsuit and a decade that the Caped Crusader would rather forget. Thanks, Michael.

3. Riggan Thomson (Birdman, 2014)
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A once-beloved actor who lost the spotlight when he walked away from his mega-hit superhero franchise to...wait, is this real life? Keaton's portrayal of Riggan Thomson may occasionally wink at the showbiz reality beyond the camera, but the performace on screen as he spirals out of control is as weirdly contemplative and whipsmart as anything to hit theaters in years.

2. Bruce Wayne (Batman, 1989)
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Keaton donning the mask for Tim Burton's dark depiction of Batman gave birth to the modern superhero movie. Despite protests at the time over Keaton's casting, Batman became the one of the highest-grossing films in history at the time of its release, and showed the world that superheroes aren't just kids' stuff.

1. Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice, 1988)
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The Ghost with the Most tops our list as Keaton's best performance, and its hard to argue with the relentlessness he brought to his most iconic role. Just don't say his name three times, and you should be fine.

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