Before the premiere of “Fair Game,” SCAD President Paula Wallace took the stage to present the Outstanding Achievement Award to actor Liam Neeson. After elucidating his roles, from Jedi Master to sexologist to Oskar Schindler, Wallace summed up Neeson’s career succinctly.
“He’s our best self, and, at times, our worst,” she said.
The 6’4″ actor towered over Wallace as he embraced her, receiving his award.
After a standing ovation, Neeson leaned into the microphone and said, “I am the luckiest guy in the friggin’ world.”
“I’ve filmed 62 movies, I’ve worked with some incredible actors, but I have to just say, of the 60 movies I’ve done, the people I remember are the movie crew,” Neeson said. “They’re the people that really inspire me.”
In his brief remarks, Neeson continued, “I accept this award for them [the crew] because they are the mainstay for every actor and actress.”
“I’m honored to be here at this extraordinary festival, and that’s it,” Neeson said.By Jacob Menache