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Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Posted by: Edward
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!

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congrats, you deserved it!

Posted by Evagirl on March 23, 2010, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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Wow, those speeches are so before-written! Congrats anyway! :D

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on March 23, 2010, 03:45 PM report to moderator
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wow thats awsome!! congrats!!

Posted by llamatiger on March 23, 2010, 04:21 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations to both on securing this marvelous recognition!

Posted by Kirk on March 23, 2010, 05:07 PM report to moderator
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cool for them congrats both

Posted by LilLadySnape on March 23, 2010, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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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 !

Posted by mrscRed on March 23, 2010, 05:49 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations to them both!!!!!!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on March 23, 2010, 06:03 PM report to moderator
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Congradulations! You deserve it!

Posted by RandomPottΣrInk (^HISS^) on March 23, 2010, 06:41 PM report to moderator
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Both are very deserving of the awards as they are quite incredible actors.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Posted by hewy on March 23, 2010, 06:44 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Love is the greatest magic on March 23, 2010, 06:44 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations, both of you! You deffinetly deserve these awards!

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on March 23, 2010, 07:05 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations to both of them! These are such awesome awards and they both definitely deserve them.

Posted by da_member0808 on March 23, 2010, 07:26 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations! Well it is obvious that they both great actors! So this award isn’t suprising!

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Congrats to both! Very well deserved

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on March 23, 2010, 08:14 PM report to moderator
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Yay for them! Well deserved.

Posted by Smitch on March 23, 2010, 09:16 PM report to moderator
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