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Spacey, a double Oscar winner, will receive the award in person at the International Emmys in New York on Nov. 20.
“Kevin Spacey is one of the great multidimensional talents in our industry,” said International Emmy Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner. “From his acting in many movies and television shows to his successful stewardship of the Old Vic theater in London and his outstanding dealmaking and acting prowess in House of Cards, he’s climbed every mountain there is. We are thrilled that he will be accepting the Founders Award.”
Spacey will be one of the few actors to receive the Founders honor. Previous winners include directors Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and former Sony CEO Howard Stringer. Uber-producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal) was last year’s International Emmy Founders award winner.
Spacey can be seen as President Francis Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards, currently in its fifth season. In addition to his two Oscars — a best supporting award for The Usual Suspects and a best acting honor for American Beauty — Spacey has received 10 Emmy Award nominations over the years, eight of them for his role in House of Cards and as an executive producer on the show. In 2015, he won a best acting Golden Globe for his House of Cards performance.
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