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By Film Threat Staff | March 26, 2002

Kevin Spacey will receive the prestigious the Peter J. Owens Award at the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 18th through May 2nd, 2002. The award is named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Festival board member Peter J. Owens (1936-1991). Spacey was selected for the honor because his “brilliance, independence and integrity” are evident in his many film choices.
In 1994, Kevin Spacey played Buddy Ackerman in George Hwang’s cult satire “Swimming with Sharks.” He won his first Oscar, for best supporting actor, for his role as Verbal Kint in Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects.”

Next came an unbilled credit, as John Doe in David Fincher’s “Seven.” Spacey has since appeared in Curtis Hansen’s “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (1997) directed by Clint Eastwood, “The Negotiator” (1998) and “Hurlyburly” (1998). His performance as frustrated suburban male Lester Burnham in “American Beauty” (1999) earned Spacey an Oscar for Best Actor.
The 45th San Francisco International Film Festival runs at the AMC Kabuki 8 Theatres, the Castro Theatre, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and Landmark’s Park Theatre in Menlo Park. For more info, call 415-931-3456 or visit the official web site for the San Francisco International Film Festival.
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