Emma Thompson, fifty five, will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British films at the awards ceremony on December 07, 2014.
Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of The Moet British Independent Film Awards (MBIFA), made the official announcement announcement.
The Richard Harris Award, which was introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, has also been presented to several established actors including John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins and Jim Broadbent.
“I am so delighted to be receiving The Richard Harris Award at this year’s MBIFAs. It is a very special award, in name of an incredible actor who inspired so many people during his career. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of my peers who have received this award before me, and look forward to celebrating a fantastic year of British independent filmmaking,” stated Emma Thompson post the announcement.
Emma Thompson is the only person to have received Academy Awards for both acting and screenwriting. She won her first statuette for her role as Margaret Schlegel in 1992’s Howards End and her second for her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (1995), for which she was also nominated for best actress.
Emma Thompson made her feature film debut opposite Jeff Goldblum in the 1988 comedy The Tall Guy. Her many other films include Henry V, Dead Again, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee and many more.
More recently she played Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks in Saving Mr Banks and Lady Eastlake in period drama Effie Gray, which she also wrote.
The British Independent Film Awards celebrate British films made for less than £20 million. This year’s winners will be decided by a jury chaired by Tom Hooper, the Oscar winning director of The King’s Speech.
Emma Thompson will get a special honour at the British Independent Film Awards 2014. Emma Thompson, fifty five, will receive the Richard Harris Awa...2.5