Kevin Spacey: Grateful for the bravery of his award ceremony


Writed by - Andy Gocker
 Kevin Spacey: Grateful for the bravery of his award ceremony
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Kevin Spacey has thanked Italy's National Cinema Museum for 'having the balls' to honor him despite his sex crimes trial.

The 'American Beauty' actor, 63, made the statement while accepting the Stella della Mole (Lifetime Achievement) Award at a controversial ceremony in Turin, northern Italy, on Monday (January 16). He added that he feels 'truly blessed and grateful' to have received the tribute.

Dressed in a tuxedo, he recalls his early acting career: “The first performance I ever did was in my junior high school acting class. It was a little five minute scene that we had to create without words. But we were allowed to use music. I was eleven years old and I decided to do a western scene so I could play a cowboy. Well, a bank robber. The villain, of course.” Today he feels honored to have been part of a creative process with so many remarkable people. “Filmmakers, artists and technicians that I have had the privilege of working with. Who wouldn't consider tonight the perfect opportunity to say thank you? You don't just honor me. You honor them all.”

He also thanked the museum for having the courage to invite him to the ceremony and then to honor him. “I am truly blessed and grateful and humbled. And my heart is very full for the National Museum of Cinema tonight because they had the balls to invite me tonight.' Kevin also gave a special thanks to his manager Evan Lowenstein: 'It's almost impossible to put into words, what he did. The level of guidance and wisdom he brought to my life. He is different from everyone else. Evan wasn't just standing next to me. He stood in front of me when I needed to be guided and behind me when I needed to be pushed. He's a remarkable man and it was his ability to take all the setbacks we faced and kind of get up and move on. And that gave me the strength to kind of get up and follow him.”

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