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David Thewlis to Receive Special Honor from British Independent Film Awards

Posted by: sue
October 28, 2008, 10:47 AM

The British Independent Film Awards will recognize actor David Thewlis with a special honor next month. The BBC is reporting that David, who portrays Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films, "will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to British film with an award named after the late Richard Harris." Richard Harris of course, memorably portrayed Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films. Previous winners of this award include fellow Potter actors John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander) and Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn, Half-Blood Prince)

Also, congratulations are in order for actor Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) as he received two nominations in the best supporting actor category for his performances in The Duchess and In Bruges respectively. Mr. Fiennes was "recognised at the London Film Festival on Monday with the Variety UK Achievement in Film Award." Ralph Fiennes spoke of working in film as he noted: "Often I think people haven't experienced the high pressure of a filming schedule. It isn't all celebration and glamour and glitz. The public see all the red carpets and the gossip columns and the fashion side of things. But actually it's very, very, very long hours, quite high risk and expensive, and everyone has to commit. So it's always a huge achievement when anyone makes it look easy making a film."

Further congratulations go to actress Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) as she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her work in Brideshead Revisited. You can learn more about this movie via this link.

The British Independent Film Awards will be presented on November 30th in London, England. Congratulations David Thewlis, Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson!

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well done!!

Posted by sean on October 28, 2008, 11:23 AM report to moderator

Wow, well done David!

Posted by Alexis on October 28, 2008, 11:31 AM report to moderator

Congradulations to all these fine actors. One of the truely magical things about the HP movies is the number of highly talented actors that are involved in its production.

As a side note I think every British actor should be invited to participate in the Battle for Hogwarts in DH. Can you imagine Jude Law, Keria Knightly, Orlando Bloom and Micheal Caine as extras. Fantastic!

Posted by Rhiannon on October 28, 2008, 12:19 PM report to moderator

Omg thats a really neat idea Rhiannon….just imagine it!

Posted by Celtise on October 28, 2008, 12:38 PM report to moderator

Nice to think about a movie having all those great actors as mentioned by Rhiannon above, but not in a Harry Potter film. There are enough well-established actors in those movies already and those we did not know well prior to the movies now also hold a place in our hearts. Putting a bunch of popular actors as extras just makes the actors look like they want their piece of the pie and would make them look cheap. They don’t need to ride on the wave that HP is making, they can ride their own waves. This said, a movie with all these actors would be something interesting to see.

Posted by Stixvix on October 28, 2008, 01:02 PM report to moderator

well done david! well done Volde.. i mean Mr. Fiennes well done Emma
Interesting idea for those actors , but it could prove near impossible to fit all of them in let alone the rest of the british actors and actresses, and at any rate DH is going to be an awesome film even with out such an event, and i feel somthing like that happening could take away from the story

Posted by ravenclawguy1972 on October 28, 2008, 02:42 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

Outstanding! Amazing! I am so pleased for them…and Mr Finnes is right. Making a film is NOT as “easy as it looks”. They have all worked very hard on every project they’ve done. I echo the sentiments, above, though. Although it would be a “nice idea”, it would take away from the film’s impact. Unfortunately, although WE know it wouldn’t be true, others may indeed get the idea that they are there to “get their piece of the pie” Yes, Sitxvix, that WOULD be something to see…a movie with all those actors in it! I certainly would go. Back on “Topic”
Well done Mr Finnes, Mr Thewlis, Ms Thompson, Mr Hurt and Mr Broadbent! [I hope I didn’t forget anyone!] You deserve the accolades, awards and acclaim these bring!

Posted by Confederate Lady on October 28, 2008, 03:43 PM report to moderator
bella vita

Congrats David, Ralph, and Emma! and very well deserved too! Sorry to go so off topic, but… My copy of HARRY, A HISTORY just arrived on my doorstep an hour ago! ITS HERE! I can’t wait to read it. I’m glad its here already, but I’m a little confused since the countdown says 6 days to go and the release/ship date isn’t supposed to be until November 4th, yet here it is on October 28th. I pre-ordered mine from Amazon. Has anyone else received their copy of Harry, A History already?

Posted by bella vita on October 28, 2008, 06:42 PM report to moderator
Bella Swan

Congrats, David, Ralph, and Emma! You’re all amazing in HP and I can’t wait to see you all in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

Posted by Bella Swan on October 28, 2008, 07:19 PM report to moderator

Comment: "Putting a bunch of popular actors as extras just makes the actors look like they want their piece of the pie and would make them look cheap. "

Actually, I think many UK actors would give their left…uh…pinky finger to have an HP cameo. No salary, not even a film credit: just a wand! I’m thinking of Christian Slater playing an unnamed ensign in a Star Trek film, and many others. I think it’d be a hoot!

Posted by aughra on October 28, 2008, 07:24 PM report to moderator

Congrats everyone! You deserve it!

Posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2008, 09:29 PM report to moderator

Yeah for everyone! Lupin rocks! And Fiennes should definitely win something for his performance in In Bruges cause that’s a really good movie and he plays his character perfectly. Oh, and to the person who asked about Harry, A History, I also received my copy today which was pre-ordered from Amazon so apparently they are sending them out a bit early.

Posted by Martha on October 29, 2008, 12:55 AM report to moderator

WOO-HOO to these most brilliant of actors. well done!

Posted by Robbie on October 29, 2008, 07:08 AM report to moderator

hurray for David!!!

Posted by moonymademebleed on October 29, 2008, 07:47 AM report to moderator
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