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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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My God, for a second I thought the headline was “Dame Maggie Smith hurt” and I almost went into cardiac arrest.

Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on March 23, 2010, 10:36 PM report to moderator
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aw, congratulations guys! you are both such amazing actors. i still remember when i first saw maggie in sister act :P

Posted by harrygetsme on March 23, 2010, 11:38 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations to them both, Very well earned. I’ve loved them in everything I’ve seen them in but of course my favorite is HP. Nobody could do McGonagall as well as Maggie.

Posted by LunaLuver on March 24, 2010, 03:00 AM report to moderator
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I want a time machine to go back and see her onstage as Desdemona opposite Olivier! She is fab!
And, congrats John Hurt. He is fab, too!

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Congrats to both!!!

Posted by HP_crazy on March 24, 2010, 06:42 AM report to moderator
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Wow! Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt are awesome!

Posted by RavenclawDancer on March 24, 2010, 09:14 AM report to moderator
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Wow! Dame Maggie Smith and Sir John Hurt are awesome!

Posted by RavenclawDancer on March 24, 2010, 09:14 AM report to moderator
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They both deserve it.

Posted by Tassana Burrfoot on March 24, 2010, 09:51 AM report to moderator
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They both deserve it!

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Congratulations! I feel happy for the both of you. You guys have contributed so much, it’s high time you got what you deserved.

Posted by Little Light ^HISS^ on March 24, 2010, 12:07 PM report to moderator
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Loved what Maggie said about the award which has Laurence Olivier’s head on the top: “Look at him, even here he always looks angry!” Love that woman. And how come not many people have seen John Hurt. Who the hell hasn’t seen Alien or The Elephant Man?

Posted by KiwiMcI on March 24, 2010, 01:15 PM report to moderator
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Congrats u both!!!

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AWESOME! Congrats to them both on there awards!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on March 25, 2010, 06:33 AM report to moderator
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Many congratulations to two such fine and distinguished performers. I think Dame Maggie Smith is wonderful in everything she does; I remember first seeing her as Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden &, when I read that she had been cast as McGonanagall I thought it was a good choice.

Posted by enchantedsocks on March 25, 2010, 11:13 AM report to moderator
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Love Them Both- Congratulations! And I’m totally gonna have to check out the movie version of Othello with Dame Maggie Smith!!!

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on March 25, 2010, 11:37 PM report to moderator
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