Kevin Spacey is hot again. The two time Oscar winner will receive the annual lifetime achievement honor from the Museum of the Moving Image on April 9th in New York. Spacey, star of Netflix’s “House of Cards,” follows a long list of luminaries from Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise to Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn, Alec Baldwin, Dustin Hoffman, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Jimmy Stewart, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.
The MMI dinner is a little like a clean Friars’ Roast, with many friends of the honoree getting up to give funny toasts. When the star is relaxed, this can be a lot of fun. When Tom Cruise did it, the toasters were constrained and the speeches were a little mechanical. The Spacey dinner should bring out the cast of “House of Cards,” and maybe some previous co-stars from movies like Annette Bening and Peter Gallagher (“American Beauty”) and from Broadway (Mercedes Ruehl, etc). If we’re lucky maybe Spacey will do his Johnny Carson imitation. It’s dead on and hilarious.