Written by: FFT Webmaster | July 8th, 2011
The British Film Institute presented the prestigious BFI Fellowship Award to British “acting royalty” Dame Judy Dench at a gala dinner last week at the BFI Southbank in London. The award was presented by BFI Chair Greg Dyke in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film and television. The award joins Dame Judi’s hugely impressive accolades which span the worlds of film, television and live theater, including an OBE (Order of the British Empire), DBE (Dame of the British Empire), Companion of Honour, Academy Award, nine BAFTAS awards, three Laurence Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe and numerous nominations. Since its creation, the BFI Fellowship has been awarded to key figures in British cinema including such screen icons as Peggy Ashcroft, Dirk Bogarde, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave and Mike Leigh. Also recognized have been such film industry luminaries as Jack Cardiff, Sydney Samuelson and Jeremy Thomas, and some of the giants of world cinema, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Abbas Kiarostami, Akira Kurosawa, Jeanne Moreau, Elem Klimov and Bernardo Bertolucci.