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The European Film Awards to honour Vanessa Redgrave


- The European Film Academy will present the veteran English actress with the European Lifetime Achievement Award

The European Film Awards to honour Vanessa Redgrave
Actress Vanessa Redgrave (© GBA)

On the occasion of this year’s 36th European Film Awards and in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film, the European Film Academy will present Vanessa Redgrave with the European Lifetime Achievement award for her outstanding body of work.

For her outstanding work, Vanessa Redgrave received the Career Golden Lion in Venice, a BAFTA Film Fellowship, the International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Portuguese Sophia Awards, an Honorary Award at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards, the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award in San Sebastian and a BFI Fellowship. In the framework of the 2022 New Year Honours, Vanessa Redgrave was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Throughout her career, Vanessa Redgrave has never feared controversy and always stood for her beliefs, be it against war or a particular policy, or in support of people in need.

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Born in London, Redgrave's first part as lead actress in Karel Reisz's Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) was also her breakthrough, winning Best Actress in Cannes and getting nominated for both the BAFTAs and the Oscars. She returned to Cannes in the following year as Jane, the mysterious woman in the park in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up. Further Oscar nominations followed in 1969 for her performance as Isadora Duncan in Karel Reisz's Isadora – which again won her Best Actress in Cannes, and in 1972 for Charles Jarrott's Mary, Queen of Scots – which won her a Special David at the Italian David di Donatello Awards. Her 1978 performance in Fred Zinnemann’s Julia was awarded with an Oscar, an award she was again nominated for in two films by James Ivory (The Bostonians, 1985, and Howards End, 1993). In 1994, she received the Volpi Cup in Venice for James Gray's Little Odessa. Vanessa Redgrave has acted in over 140 films. She has worked with Stephen Frears on Prick Up Your Ears (1988) and was consequently nominated for the BAFTAs, for which she was nominated again in 2003 for her role as Clemmie, Winston Churchill’s wife, in Richard Loncraine's The Gathering Storm. She also worked with Joe Wright in Atonement [+see also:
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(2008) which won her the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She will be an honorary guest at the European Film Awards Ceremony on 9 December in Berlin.

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