For the second straight year, Kevin Spacey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama for his role in "House of Cards." This year the win may have felt a little different as it comes just a few days after show creator Beau Willimon confirmed that he would not be back for Season 5 of the Netflix drama. However, Spacey made sure to praise Willimon at the 2016 SAG Awards.
As soon as Spacey took the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, he immediately thanked Willimon. Willimon is the man who came up with Spacey's now infamous character, Frank Underwood.
"I would like to thank our creator...no, not that one, the one grounded here on Earth," joked Spacey. "Beau Willimon you have been an extraordinary collaborator, a remarkable challenge, I loved every second that we have tussled, fought and argued these four seasons. We will do our best to honor what you have started with 'House of Cards' we wish you the very, very best."
You can see Spacey's full acceptance speech below:
News broke Friday that Willimon would not be back for Season 5. In a statement, Willimon said now is the time for him to “move on to new endeavors.” The writer took to Twitter shortly after Spacey's win to praise the actor. You can see his tweet below:
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) January 31, 2016
The SAG Award was the third win for Spacey in his career. Last year he won the same award for his role in "House of Cards" and in 2000 he took home "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" for his part in "American Beauty."