NEW YORK: Award-winning actor, director and producer Kevin Spacey will be honoured for his contributions to film, television and theatre by New York’s Museum of the Moving Image at its annual salute in April.
54-year-old Spacey, who won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2000 for American Beauty and the Best Supporting Actor award in 1996 for The Usual Suspects, will join the ranks of past honourees including Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro and Julia Roberts, the museum said on Tuesday.
“We’ve always wanted to honour him since he delivered these tremendous screen performances for which he won Academy Awards,” said Carl Goodman, the executive director of the museum in an interview. “Since then, it has only become clearer that his strength as an actor and his willingness to take risks have led him to make great performances in any medium on any screen,” he added.
Spacey currently stars as a charismatic and ruthless politician in Netflix’ political drama series House of Cards, which he also produces. As his character Francis J Underwood, Spacey has won many awards including an Emmy award for the leading actor as well as a Golden Globe.
For his stage work, he picked up a Best Supporting Actor Tony award in 1991 for the Broadway production of Neil Simon’s play Lost in Yonkers. Spacey has been the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London since 2003.
“The fact that we are the only museum devoted to the full sweep of media makes it more exciting for us to celebrate someone whose full work is not defined by a single medium,” said Goodman.
The three-hour, private event will bring together Spacey’s colleagues, friends and family for a tribute to his work.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2014.
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