LONDON — Hollywood was on hand to heat up the Feb. 26 Laurence Olivier Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel.
London’s pre-eminent legit awards ceremony was gussied up by a bevy of U.S. thesps about to tread the boards in London. Kathleen Turner and Matthew Modine were there to hand out the surprisingly heavy statues of Olivier to the winners.
Neve Campbell in a sea of turquoise silk accompanied by her fiancé, U.K. thesp John Light, presented the dance awards.
Meanwhile, Christian Slater, in town prior to returning to the stage in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” gave the award for actress in a musical to Jane Krakowski for “Guys and Dolls.”
“We were in high school together,” Krakowski confided to the crowd, adding sternly, “Nothing happened! Maybe now it will ….”
Her co-star Ewan McGregor was nommed for actor but lost out to the three boys who alternate the title role in “Billy Elliot.” That show hogged the headlines by also bagging choreography, sound and musical.
Highlight of the evening was when the crowd rose to its feet to honor Lifetime Achievement recipient Ian McKellen.