20 Biggest, Boldest Comebacks of 2014

From Aphex Twin to 'The Walking Dead,' these were the artists, athletes, TV shows and political players who rose from the ashes over the last year

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Michael Keaton

The Batman and Beetlejuice star has always been cool, but it took this year to remind people just how much they missed him. His performance as the fading Hollywood actor Riggan Thomson in Birdman isn't great because it's art imitating life (a washed-up comic-book star trying to prove his thespian chops) but because Keaton clearly isn't Riggan, demonstrating the soulfulness and wit that his character struggles to find within himself. All we can hope now is that the longtime veteran finally gets his first Oscar nomination — and that he someday gets to reprise his TLC-loving police chief from The Other Guys.

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