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John Hurt to Receive Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at BAFTAs

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 27, 2012 at 1:03PM

John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year's BAFTAs, to be held on February 12 at London's Royal Opera House.
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Control, Tinker Tailor

John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year's BAFTAs, to be held on February 12 at London's Royal Opera House.  Hurt is already a BAFTA veteran, having won two Best Actor awards during his career, one for the TV film "The Naked Civil Servant" and another for "The Elephant Man," as well as a Best Supporting Actor award for "Midnight Express."  He has also received four other BAFTA nominations, and has been nominated for the Academy Award twice.

Throughout his career, Hurt has played iconic roles such as Winston Smith in "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and Rich in "A Man for All Seasons."  In 2011, Hurt had supporting roles as Control, the irascible head of the British Secret Intelligence Service in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the wand-maker Ollivander in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and Dexter in "Melancholia."

Past recipients of the Outstanding Contribution award include Mike Leigh, Ridley and Tony Scott and Kenneth Branagh.  This year's BAFTA awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.