Spacey, 54, who won the best actor Oscar in 2000 for
"American Beauty" and a best supporting actor award four years
earlier for "The Usual Suspects," will join the ranks of past
honorees including Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro and Julia Roberts,
the museum said on Tuesday.
"We've always wanted to honor him since he delivered these
tremendous screen performances for which he won Academy Awards,"
said Carl Goodman, the executive director of the museum, said in
"Since then it has only become more clear 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 in an
Spacey currently stars as a charismatic and ruthless politician
in Netflix' political drama series "House of Cards," which he
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
The three-hour, private event will bring together Spacey's
colleagues, friends and family for a tribute to his work.
(Reporting by Marina Lopes; editing
by Patricia Reaney and David Gregorio)
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