By Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent
Steven Spielberg says he “never had the courage” to tell his own story, brought to life in his new semi-autobiographical film, The Fabelmans, but is glad to have finally done it.
The multi-award winning director said he had told the story “in parts and parcels” throughout his lengthy career but had been “hiding” from it since he was a teenager.
The film, which stars Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano and Michelle Williams, won Spielberg best director at the 80th Golden Globe awards on Tuesday night.
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It later went on to scoop one of the evening’s top prizes: best motion picture, drama.
Accepting the award for best director, Spielberg said: “I’ve been hiding from this story since I was 17-years-old.
“I put a lot of things in my way with this story. I told this story in parts and parcels all through my career but I never had the courage to hit the story head-on.”
He continued: “The fact that everybody sees me as a success story, and everybody sees all of us the way they perceive us – based on how they get the information…
“But nobody really knows who we are until we’re courageous enough to tell everyone of who we are, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out when I could tell that story.
“I figured out when I was about 74-years-old, I said: ‘You better do it now’.
“So I’m really, really happy I did. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press for this honour.”
Later, accepting the award for best drama motion picture, Spielberg thanked his entire production team, including producer Kristie Macosko Krieger.