Mill Valley Film Festival’s tribute to Ian McKellen on October 11 should help embolden awards prospects for his performance as the Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth facing the winter of his life in “Mr. Holmes” (Roadside/Miramax).
An onstage conversation will include clips from his tremendous career, which includes Oscar nominations for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and “Gods and Monsters” (1998), which won “Holmes” director Bill Condon a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. McKellen is also beloved for his stage work, including many incarnations of Shakespeare, and has long been an outspoken champion of gay rights.
Also getting the Mill Valley tribute this year is Sarah Silverman, who will receive a Spotlight appreciation at the fest.