By Tyler Aquilina
April 05, 2019 at 04:45 PM EDT

Steve Buscemi offered a heartfelt tribute to his late wife Jo Andres Thursday night, thanking her in an award acceptance speech at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Buscemi received the Cinema Icon Award at the CinemaCon 2019 Big Screen Achievement Awards, quipping, “I feel like I conned you into giving me an award,” before segueing into his thanks.

“I do want to thank my family, that’s been so supportive. My parents, my brothers and also my son and also my wife, my wife Jo,” said Buscemi. “This business can be a challenge to relationships, but you stick it out and there are rewards. And I am so grateful to her,” he added. “She was my biggest supporter, and also audience, and my biggest inspiration.”

Andres died in January of sclerosis, after previously struggling with ovarian cancer, according to The New York Times. She was a choreographer and filmmaker known for experimental techniques and surreal imagery. One of her films, 1996’s Black Kites, aired on PBS and played at several film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto.

Andres and Buscemi were married for more than 30 years, from 1987 until her death. They had one son together in 1990. Watch Buscemi’s full acceptance speech above.

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