Kevin Spacey to get special Olivier award
US actor and director Kevin Spacey will be honoured with a special prize at this year's Olivier Awards. The Oscar-winner is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Old Vic, where he became artistic director in 2004. He is widely credited with reviving the theatre's fortunes, and steps down later this year.
The 55-year-old is famous for his film and TV roles in “American Beauty” and “House of Cards”.
Spacey's final performance as the Old Vic's artistic director will see him revive his title role in Clarence Darrow, his first one-man play.
Spacey's film work includes “The Usual Suspects”, for which he received a best supporting actor Oscar in 1996, as well as “LA Confidential”, “Seven” and “Glengarry Glen Ross”. He won a best actor Oscar for “American Beauty” in 2000 and recently won his first Golden Globe, for “House of Cards”, after seven previous nominations.
The Olivier Awards, established in 1976 and named after Laurence Olivier, are the UK's most prestigious stage honours.