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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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12348 Points

AWESOME, but the best part about this is … THIS WAS ON MY LOCAL NEWSPAPER! yay!! Both of them deserved it.

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on March 23, 2010, 09:22 AM report to moderator
12348 Points

Hold on a second, how did my post appear twice? That’s weird.

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on March 23, 2010, 09:23 AM report to moderator
4215 Points

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.

Posted by Butterfly Boy on March 23, 2010, 09:41 AM report to moderator
187 Points

Gz to them both!

Posted by BellatrixGranger on March 23, 2010, 09:43 AM report to moderator
3777 Points

cool they are both awesome

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on March 23, 2010, 09:54 AM report to moderator
478 Points

Congratulations to both of them. They are both superb in all the roles that they have done. It couldn’t have gone to nicer people. Their roles in the HP films are awesome. Well deserved to both of them.

Posted by beewell on March 23, 2010, 09:55 AM report to moderator
310 Points

Well deserved indeed. CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted by accioangela on March 23, 2010, 11:35 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

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 :)

Posted by Moose_Starr on March 23, 2010, 11:41 AM report to moderator
4208 Points

Well done, Dame Maggie! It is about time you won this award.Congratulations to John Hurt as well, and keep up the good fight!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on March 23, 2010, 01:06 PM report to moderator
1830 Points

This is fantastic! I’m so happy! Particularly for Maggie Smith, she’s just amazing. But yeah, they definitley both deserve it.

Posted by nellythemarrow on March 23, 2010, 01:27 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

great job both of you!!

Posted by The Nerd on March 23, 2010, 01:47 PM report to moderator
2579 Points

Congratulations to both of you! Well deserved!

Posted by Wendelin the Weird on March 23, 2010, 01:52 PM report to moderator
2168 Points

congratulations, they certainly deserve it!!

Posted by MaggieNoise on March 23, 2010, 02:05 PM report to moderator
27 Points

i am delighted 4 them! they both really deserved the award!! :-) Congratulations!!!

Posted by Roisin D on March 23, 2010, 02:09 PM report to moderator
358 Points

Dame Maggie Smith is a legend and one of my idols. Congratulations to both, the awards were well deserved!

Posted by Mischief_Managed *Roar* on March 23, 2010, 02:11 PM report to moderator
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