Oscar Actors: Ensemble Vs. Individual–The Usual Suspects–Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey was the only performer to be nominated for an Oscar (in the Supporting Actor category) for Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, a film noir that was ensemble-driven.

Upon winning the Oscar, Spacey said: “It’s a little embarrassing to be picked out of an ensemble, because it was never conceived as anything other than that, and it isn’t anything other than that.”

Did his reaction reflect honest humility or was it sort of noblesse oblige, the right thing to say to sooth his mates in the picture.