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.