Thesp to be feted for contribution to cinema

LONDON — Brit thesp John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year’s BAFTA awards ceremony.

The award, which will be dished out to Hurt on Feb. 12, will recognize his vast range of perfs that has shaped his six-decade career.

Notable characters Hurt has portrayed include Winston Smith in “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” Rich in “A Man for All Seasons” and Max in “Midnight Express,” for which he won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe award.

Hurt also won a BAFTA for his perf in 1981’s “The Elephant Man” and received a further four BAFTA noms throughout his career (including one for best supporting actor in “Alien”) and two Oscar noms.

Most recently, he has starred in the “Harry Potter” series and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Previous recipients of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films and Lewis Gilbert.

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