“Coriolanus” director and star Fiennes and “My Week With Marilyn” star Branagh will receive the special honors in London on Dec. 4
British actors/directors Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh have been tapped to receive special honors at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Dec. 4.
Fiennes, who makes his directorial debut (and stars in) with an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes contribution to British film by an actor.
Two-time Oscar nominee Fiennes, who wrapped up his role as big baddie Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" movies in July and will co-star in the next James Bond flick, "Skyfall," joins a list of past Harris Award recipients that includes John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent and Helena Bonham Carter.
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Meanwhile, three-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh will receive the Variety Award, for bringing international attention to the British film industry.
Branagh, who also played a role in the "Harry Potter" flicks — he was Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" — is currently starring with Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn." The actor also directed the action-adventure "Thor" earlier this year.
Previous recipients of the Variety Award include J.K. Rowling, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine and Keira Knightley.
Three movies are tied for the most nominations at this year's British Independent Film Awards: "Shame," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Tyrannosaur," which each received seven nominations.
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