VIDEO: Kevin Costner Critics’ Choice Awards Speech Makes People Think Gene Hackman And Sean Connery Are Dead

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Kevin Costner Critics Choice Awards Video

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Kevin Costner Critics Choice Awards Video

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Gene Hackman and Sean Connery are NOT dead. But there seemed to be some online confusion Thursday night after a Critics’ Choice Movie Awards speech from Kevin Costner that could’ve been interpreted as a posthumous tribute. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, Costner received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony held at the Palladium in Hollywood. Following an introduction from his Tin Cup co-star Rene Russo and an amusing read-through of the actor’s films, Costner took the stage as the audience of A-list stars gave him a standing ovation.

Costner then began, “A minute-fifty-six, I guess that’s what a life in movies looks like. I can tell you for sure it feel that fast. I don’t know where the time has gone. I stand here and can’t help but think there’s been some kind of mistake, like this isn’t for me, like I’m really accepting this for Sean Connery or Gene Hackman because they couldn’t be here themselves.”

“I don’t know about you, but I miss them. The weight that Sean and Gene gave to our business, the way they carried the title ‘leading man,'” he went on. “So however this happened, however my name found its way, stumbled onto the list of actors of a certain age that happen to be in town, I’m humbled and honored by your selection tonight.”

Costner’s comments about Connery and Hackman received applause from the crowd, and seemed to be alluding to how the revered actors rarely star in movies these days after legendary, decades-long careers. But some saw Costner’s lines, about how they couldn’t be there and how he missed them, to be as if he was mourning them. To be clear: They are not dead, just semi-retired. Watch below, and tell us what you think.


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