"It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form," Mirren said on hearing the news. "I would be proud to be counted as an actor in the European tradition."
Mirren covered a lot of artistic territory between 1979's famously salacious "Caligula" and her title role in "The Queen," for which she won an Oscar in 2007 on her third nomination. In the intervening years, she took on vastly varied roles on both stage and screen, accruing fistfuls of plaudits that included a pair of Best Actress honors from Cannes and a number of Emmys. More recently, Mirren was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Sofya Tolstoy in the 2009 Tolstoy bio-pic "The Last Station."
Mirren will appear as an honorary guest at the 25th European Film Awards in December in Malta.
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