Thompson on Hollywood

Younger folks probably know Bruno Ganz best from those endless YouTube Hitler parodies taken from Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall (2004); but he is one of the world's great actors and thus I am delighted to report that the European Film Academy will honor the legendary Swiss actor at their European Film Awards.

Ganz's resume includes Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (1987), Silvio Soldini's Bread & Tulips (2000), Werner Herzog's Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979), Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth (2007) and Stephen Daldry's The Reader (2008). Ganz, 69, was elected with actress Iris Berben as president of the Germany Film Academy earlier this year and will receive this Lifetime Achievement Award at the EFAs on December 4 in Tallinn.

[Pictured: Ganz, in Downfall as Hitler, Die Marquise von O and The Reader]