Spacey tips The Social Network
Kevin Spacey has tipped The Social Network for Oscars glory.
The Facebook drama has notched up eight Oscar nominations and been a box office success worldwide, and Kevin - who co-produced the film with producing partner Dana Brunetti and director David Fincher - has given it his full backing at the Oscars.
"I am behind The Social Network 150 percent," he said.
Kevin revealed he never thought the film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, would become such a hit.
"You're always surprised when something hits and becomes the zeitgeist in some way. When this idea started nearly four years ago, we said, 'How is that a movie - it's a movie about Facebook?'" he admitted.
"There isn't a car crash, there are no gun shots, there are no chase sequences, there's not any real sex and yet it's a film people all around the world have been going to in droves."
The 51-year-old added: "But when you look at the film for what it is, it's a movie about friendship, betrayal, power and invention - lots of things that make the hallmark of great drama."
Kevin - who attended the Jameson Cult Film Club screening of The Usual Suspects in Dublin as part of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - hopes other filmmakers will be inspired by the film.
"I hope it encourages other studios that this is the kind of bar we should be reaching as filmmakers," he added.
The 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival runs until February 17-27.