THERE probably never have been so many expletives used to show appreciation at an awards show as there were at the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which honoured Samuel L Jackson.
From Justin TimberlakeÂ to Sharon Stone, Hollywood celebrated the actor whose name has become synonymous with â€œbadassâ€.
The complexity Jackson brings to his roles was a frequent topic. Denzel Washington said Jackson plays men who can be considered â€œthe righteous who believe they are sinners and the sinners who believe they are righteousâ€. Vin Diesel called Jackson â€œa poor manâ€™s acting coachâ€, and Kerry Washington noted that the actor brings truth to his roles, making his â€œheroes so imperfect and (his) villains so lovableâ€.
Also making speeches were Earvin â€œMagicâ€ Johnson, who used basketball terms to describe Jackson as being as unstoppable as Kobe Bryant, and as smooth as Michael Jordan; John Singleton, who told anecdotes from the set of Shaft; and Jacksonâ€™s wife, LaTanya, who talked of the movies Jackson made with Spike Lee.
Jackson, one of the townâ€™s most consistently working actors, later thanked his wife and daughter for their sacrifices; heâ€™s on location sometimes for more than 300 days a year. â€“â€“ Reuters/Hollywood Reporter.