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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Spacey to deliver Nancy Hanks Lecture

By Jacqueline Trescott

Even though award-winning actor Kevin Spacey didn't get any direct love from the Oscar crowd Tuesday, the arts community is ready to embrace him again.

Spacey was selected to deliver the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture in Washington on April 4, Americans for the Arts announced.

The lecture is a highlight of the organization's efforts to raise awareness about current issues facing individual artists and organizations. It is named after Hanks, a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and former president of Americans for the Arts.

Spacey received a Golden Globe nomination for "Casino Jack," his role as disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff but didn't win. But no Oscar nod for his own acting this year.

But he did serve as executive director for "The Social Network," which was nominated for Best Picture.

Spacey has garnered top acting honors: an Oscar for "American Beauty," and a supporting actor Oscar for "The Usual Suspects." In 1991 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in "Lost in Yonkers."

Currently, Spacey is artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Previous Hank speakers include jazz artist Wynton Marsalis, documentarian Ken Burns, actor Robert Redford, writer Maya Angelou and the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein.

Spacey was selected, said Robert Lynch, the organization's president because he "brings a wide range of experience as an actor, film director, producer, musician and theater director to this high level policy forum about the role of the arts in our nation, economy, schools and lives. ...He brings a valuable perspective of the inner workings in both the nonprofit and for profit arts industry in American and abroad."

By Jacqueline Trescott  | January 25, 2011; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Americans for the Arts, Kevin Spacey, Nancy Hanks  
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