Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards


Mar 23, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Actress Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and actor John Hurt (Ollivander) are recipients of two lifetime achievement awards presented in London this past weekend. First, Dame Maggie Smith was honored with the 2010 Laurence Olivier Special Award, at the Laurence Olivier Awards. A report on OfficialLondonTheater notes:

Bringing the evening to a close, last year’s Best Actress winner Margaret Tyzack presented Smith with the Special Award. Since making her stage debut in 1952, the veteran actress has appeared in over 50 stage productions in the UK and US.

Beginning her career at the Oxford Playhouse, one of her most notable stage roles came in 1960 when she played Desdemona opposite Laurence Olivier in Othello at the National Theatre. The later film adaptation won her her first Academy Award nomination and was the beginning of her illustrious reputation on both stage and film.

A clip from Dame Smith’s acceptance speech can be seen right here in a montage of clips from the event.
Secondly, Sir John Hurt was presented with the lifetime achievement award at the Bradford International Film Festival. The BBC reports that upon receiving the honor, Sir John Hurt noted his desire for a balance between large studio productions and smaller films. Quoteage:

“It’s been my constant fight all my life. All you can do is prepare the ground. You can’t just say this is how it ought to be because you’ve got to create a public that actually enjoys it – and therein lies the difficulties.”

Many congratulations! Thanks Wendy!

61 Responses to Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Avatar Image[email protected] says: CONGRATULATIONS to both of them. They certainly deserve it. They're both great actors. I love you McGonagall, you rock. LOL. I like what John said. Good luck to both of you. :DAvatar ImageMadam Snape says: WOW! Dame Maggie Smith is just AWESOME! She's done so many films I'd loved and she's such a wonderful actress! I remember first seing her in that Peter Pan movie with Robbie Williams and Julia Roberts from the early 90s. Loved her from the very first time! And our dear Ollivander - John Hurt - well... I haven't seen much of him outside Harry Potter but I'm sure this is a much deserved honor. CONGRATULATIONS!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Congrats to them both! Maggie Smith is a marvelous actress as I have seen her in other films. Haven't seen John Hurt in anything but HP but he does play Ollivander perfectly! :)Avatar Imageacciohorcrux.hbp says: Congrats Maggie & John!!!! SOOOOOOO GLAD TO KNOW THAT U'VE RECEIVED LIFETIME ACHIVEMENT AWARDS....it makes me feel ELATED REALLY.....:) JUST WANNA SAY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK & REALLY I MUST APPRECIATE BOTH OF U FOR UR SUPERB ACTING THE ROLES IN HP!!! LOVE U BOTH:)Avatar Imageccking says: oh yay! CONGRATULATIONS! They totally deserve it!! haven't really seen John Hurt in any other roles, but I know Maggie is fantastic I've seen her in alot and she's incredible! I've been wondering how she's been doing lately after her cancer. BEST WISHES!!!Avatar ImageMaggie1234 says: Congratulations to Dame Maggie on a well deserved award....and to John Hurt as well! I just wish that the person who wrote the article had done their research. Maggie won for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' in 1969 (presented at the 1970 Oscars)....not 1960. :)Avatar Imageatpotter says: congrats 2 both of u<3Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: CONGRATS to both of you!! Soo glad!!! :-DAvatar Imagelurking_llama says: Congratulations to both of them but I personally think that Maggie Smith deserves it a little bit more because she is such a strong woman and an amazing actress.Avatar ImageCatherine says: Congrats! Many Congrats to both!!! Especially to Maggie Smith! she is one of my favourite actresses and im so happy for her!!!!!!Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: I think that is AWESOME, they are both TERRIFIC in playing their parts, I have seen Dame Maggie Smith in several roles, and I love her as Professor Minerva McGonagal and John Hurt was AWESOME as Mr Olivander the famous Wand Maker. My Congratulations to BOTH of them!!!!Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Well deserved honor for the both of them!Avatar Imageanne1 says: They both deserve their awards though I'm surprised Maggie Smith has not had one already. To me she is one of the two greatest living actresses in the UK. The Laurence Olivier Awards are the equivalent of Oscars for the theatre in the UK and the greatest honour to receive. John Hurt has been great in everything I've seen him in. I remember one drama ages ago about the Profumo affair but one of the most memorable roles I've seen him do is Caligula in I Claudius. I recommend the whole programme if you like costume dramas. A quality production. Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Congrats to 2 of my favorites!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: AWESOME, but the best part about this is ... THIS WAS ON MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER! yay!! Both of them deserved it.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: AWESOME, but the best part about this is ... THIS WAS ON MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER! yay!! Both of them deserved it.Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Hold on a second, how did my post appear twice? That's weird.Avatar ImageButterfly_Boy says: Many congratulations to John Hurt. I adore him, he is so fabulous! His roles and appearances truely span a lifetime, and all of them quite divine. I most admire his role and reprise as Quentin Crisp, the true stories of a true man. Avatar ImageBellatrixGranger says: Gz to them both!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: cool they are both awesomeAvatar Imagebeewell says: Congratulations to both of them. They are both superb in all the roles that they have done. It couldn't have gone to nicer people. Their roles in the HP films are awesome. Well deserved to both of them.Avatar Imagepotterforpresident says: Well deserved indeed. CONGRATULATIONS! Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Way to go ... these guys both totally deserve the lifetime achievement awards. They have done so much in the theater and movies, too. I knew that Maggie Smith is Dame Maggie Smith but, I didnt know that he is Sir John Hurt, that's so cool :)Avatar Imagealicia00 says: awesomeAvatar ImageFresca says: Well done, Dame Maggie! It is about time you won this award.Congratulations to John Hurt as well, and keep up the good fight! Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: This is fantastic! I'm so happy! Particularly for Maggie Smith, she's just amazing. But yeah, they definitley both deserve it.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: great job both of you!!Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Congratulations to both of you! Well deserved!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: congratulations, they certainly deserve it!!Avatar ImageRoisin D says: i am delighted 4 them! they both really deserved the award!! :-) Congratulations!!!Avatar ImageTotal-Eclipse014 says: Dame Maggie Smith is a legend and one of my idols. Congratulations to both, the awards were well deserved! Avatar ImageEvagirl says: congrats, you deserved it!Avatar ImageFifi says: Wow, those speeches are so before-written! Congrats anyway! :DAvatar Imagellamatiger says: wow thats awsome!! congrats!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Congratulations to both on securing this marvelous recognition!Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: cool for them congrats bothAvatar ImagemrscRed says: It's about time ! Congratulations to both of them, they deserved it ... John Hurt was incredible in The Elephant Man or Alien and even gave his voice to Aragorn in the first Lord of the Rings cartoon, and Maggie, ah Maggie... Unforgettable in Hook of course !Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Congratulations to them both!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageRandomPotterInk says: Congradulations! You deserve it!Avatar Imagehewy says: Both are very deserving of the awards as they are quite incredible actors. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: Congratulations to both of them. The first thing I remember seeing Maggie Smith in is The Secret Garden. She is such an amazing actress and so strong to keep fighting through what must have been a difficult past couple of years. It's really such a well deserved award. I don't think I've seen John Hurt in anything except Harry Potter but he is a perfect Ollivander. So congrats to both.Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Congratulations, both of you! You deffinetly deserve these awards!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Congratulations to both of them! These are such awesome awards and they both definitely deserve them. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Congratulations! Well it is obvious that they both great actors! So this award isn't suprising!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Congrats to both! Very well deservedAvatar ImageSmitch says: Yay for them! Well deserved. Avatar ImageZivlok says: My God, for a second I thought the headline was "Dame Maggie Smith hurt" and I almost went into cardiac arrest.Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: aw, congratulations guys! you are both such amazing actors. i still remember when i first saw maggie in sister act :PAvatar ImageLunaLuver says: Congratulations to them both, Very well earned. I've loved them in everything I've seen them in but of course my favorite is HP. Nobody could do McGonagall as well as Maggie.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I want a time machine to go back and see her onstage as Desdemona opposite Olivier! She is fab! And, congrats John Hurt. He is fab, too!Avatar ImageHP_crazy says: Congrats to both!!! Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Wow! Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt are awesome!Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Wow! Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt are awesome!Avatar ImageTassana Burrfoot says: They both deserve it. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: They both deserve it!Avatar ImageLittle Light says: Congratulations! I feel happy for the both of you. You guys have contributed so much, it's high time you got what you deserved.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Loved what Maggie said about the award which has Laurence Olivier's head on the top: "Look at him, even here he always looks angry!" Love that woman. And how come not many people have seen John Hurt. Who the hell hasn't seen Alien or The Elephant Man?Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Congrats u both!!!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: AWESOME! Congrats to them both on there awards!Avatar Imageenchantedsocks says: Many congratulations to two such fine and distinguished performers. I think Dame Maggie Smith is wonderful in everything she does; I remember first seeing her as Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden &, when I read that she had been cast as McGonanagall I thought it was a good choice.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Love Them Both- Congratulations! And I'm totally gonna have to check out the movie version of Othello with Dame Maggie Smith!!!

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