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Christopher Lee will get the BAFTA fellowship award this coming Sunday. About time too!
BBC News - Christopher Lee to receive Bafta Fellowship
Christopher Lee to receive Bafta Fellowship
Hammer horror actor Sir Christopher Lee is to receive a Bafta Fellowship at the Academy's film awards on Sunday.
"It's a very unexpected but very great honour to find myself in such distinguished company to receive the fellowship," said Sir Christopher, 88.
The actor is best known for roles in films including Dracula, the Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Wicker Man and The Man with the Golden Gun.
Other recipients of the award include Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock.
Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery, John Barry and Stanley Kubrick are also among those who have been honoured with the fellowship.
Last year's recipient was Vanessa Redgrave.
Bafta chairman Tim Corrie said of Lee: "He has entertained me over many years and is a bastion of British film-making around the globe."
Sir Christopher has made himself known to a new and younger audience more recently with roles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Star Wars prequels.
He has also worked with director Tim Burton on films including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.
Sir Christopher is also starring in Martin Scorsese's latest movie, Hugo Cabret.
The movie, which is the Oscar-winning film-maker's first move into 3D, is due for release in December 2011.
The annual Bafta awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross, will be shown on BBC One at 2100 GMT this Sunday.
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I'm delighted to hear this. I just hope nobody says the "D" word during the intro, or Sir Christopher will not be too pleased.
Whilst he has a great presence and is always recognisable, I cannot help but feel that respect for his variety and longevity outweighs any especial role he's ever played or any exceptionally fine performance. So far as I can tell, he's getting the award simply for being a bastion...... No harm in that but let's not get carried away.
It was a very nice occasion. There seemed to be genuine warmth in his reception (a teary-eyed Julianne Moore and an enthusiastically waving Stephen Fry) and I think he was genuinely moved by it all.
I was glad to see a tiny bit of his Rochefort in the tribute clips and also his excellent turns in Jinnah and Triage.
I've always been a big fan of Sir Christopher Lee, and I am very happy for him receiving his award. But I was a bit shocked by appearance last night.
I know he's nearly 90 but he seems to have aged considerably in the last two years. He looks very frail.
last night shows that he is still active and still up for public appearences. Good on him
Last edited by faginsgirl; 14-02-11 at 02:20 PM.
He's made at least three films since his accident and he's due to make The Hobbit this year, so he seems to be able to continue working at a (for him) slightly reduced pace.
I hope, like John Mills we see him still acting at 93!
I can`t wait to see The Hobbit.
No mention of Fu Manchu though.
Not PC these days I suppose.