Winona Ryder, Robert Duvall, Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges were among the stars who offered up tributes to Michael Keaton as he received a top honour at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

Keaton was handed the Modern Master Award during a ceremony at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday night (31Jan15), and he was feted with a two-hour tribute in honour of his Hollywood career.

A number of his friends and former colleagues offered tributes to Keaton as part of the event, including his Beetlejuice co-star Ryder, who recorded a video message for her friend, saying, "I cannot tell you how many times I've heard people not being able to decide what their favorite Michael Keaton movie is because there are so many great ones."

Danny DeVito, who appeared opposite caped crusader Keaton in Batman Returns, made an appearance at the event to fete the actor in person, along with his Multiplicity co-star Andie MACDowell, who called Keaton an "an inspiration and a friend".

Other video tributes came in from Keaton's neighbour Jeff Bridges, his A Shot at Glory co-star Robert Duvall, and Birdman director Alejandro G. Inarritu.

When he took to the stage to collect his award, Keaton told the audience, "Wow, I think I'm gonna pass out... This is overwhelming... Thank you for a wonderful night."

Keaton is riding high on critical acclaim for his latest film Birdman and is set to compete for an Academy Award for the role later this month (Feb15).

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