Monday 27 March 2017

Academy honour for Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave will be honoured for her five decades in film
Vanessa Redgrave will be honoured for her five decades in film

Vanessa Redgrave is to be honoured at the film academy's first European tribute to an actor.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will honour the British acting legend on Sunday in London, where she is starring with James Earl Jones in the stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.

Jones, who is to receive an honorary Oscar himself on Saturday at the academy's Governors Awards, will fete his co-star in person. The 80-year-old actor is skipping the ceremony in Los Angeles to continue his stage run without interruption.

He plans to participate by video in the Governors Awards, where veteran make-up artist Dick Smith is also receiving an honorary Academy Award for his distinguished career in film and Oprah Winfrey will be presented with the academy's humanitarian award.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the academy will honour Vanessa for her five decades in film. The 74-year-old actress has been nominated for six Academy Awards and won for her supporting role in 1977's Julia. This latest honour does not involve an Oscar statuette.

Redgrave and Jones played Miss Daisy and her loyal chauffer, Hoke, on Broadway before the production moved to London.

The academy honoured producer Jeremy Thomas in London last year. Previous London recipients include Terry Gilliam, Harold Pinter and Lewis Gilbert.

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