Kevin Spacey backstage after winning his Oscar for American Beauty. He recalls the room spinning and presenter Dianne Wiest telling him to “just breathe.” 

Amended to note that the story is from Kevin’s first Oscar win for The Usual Suspects. The photo is from the 2000 American Beauty Oscars. 


Favorite Films: The Birdcage (1996)

My cemetery’s in Key Biscayne. It’s one of the prettiest in the world. It has lovely trees. The sky is blue.  There are birds. The one is Los Copa is really shit! … What a pain in the ass you are. And it’s true: you’re not young, and you’re not new, and you do make people laugh. And me? I’m still with you because you make me laugh. So you know what I got to do? I got to sell my plot in Key Biscayne so I can get one next to you in that shithole Los Copa, so I never miss a laugh.