Did Kevin Spacey hint at his past in his 2000 Oscar’s acceptance speech?
In light of the controversy surrounding Kevin Spacey after he was accused of sexual misconduct, the lauded actor’s acceptance speech at the 2000 Oscars seems far more ominous than it once did.
Spacey was named Best Actor for his role as Lester Burnham in American Beauty, and he took to the stage for an acceptance speech that was engaging at the time, but ultimately routine.
But after actor Anthony Rapp rocked Hollywood in October by accusing Spacey of sexually misconduct him in 1988, when Rapp was just 14 years old, the speech carries a far different tone.
He mentions friends who point out his “worst qualities” and goes on to describe how one single act can be taken out of context.
We’ll probably never know if the 58-year-old was referring to his actions in 1988, another incident entirely or the film in general, but there’s no doubt it has a much darker tone in 2017.
Indeed, many are now seeing Spacey’s performance as Burnham in American Beauty as less of a performance and more of a reflection of the actor himself.