Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards
March 23, 2010, 12:13 AM
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!
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.
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 :)
Well done, Dame Maggie! It is about time you won this award.Congratulations to John Hurt as well, and keep up the good fight!
This is fantastic! I’m so happy! Particularly for Maggie Smith, she’s just amazing. But yeah, they definitley both deserve it.