Ben Kingsley will receive the 34th Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) 2008 Golden Space Needle for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

The tribute ceremony on May 25 will include a clip reel an on-stage interview following the North American premiere of Elegy, Isabel Coixet's Philip Roth adaptation that also stars Penelope Cruz.

Kingsley will then introduce a screening of Sexy Beast, the 2000 crime drama that earned him a supporting actor Oscar nomination two years later for his role as the psychopathic gangster Don Logan. SIFF will also screen two other new Kingsley films, namely Jonathan Levine's The Wackness and Brad Anderson's Transsiberian.

SIFF artistic director Carl Spence hailed Kingsley as a 'world class actor' who had dedicated his career to 'creating extraordinary film experiences for audiences here and around the globe.'

Kingsley won the best actor Oscar in 1983 for Gandhi and earned nominations for Bugsy in 1991, Sexy Beast in 2001, and House Of Sand And Fog in 2003. He was knighted in 2001.

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