Emma Thompson Earns Modern Master Award

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in 'Saving Mr Banks' - Photo © Disney
Saving Mr. Banks star Emma Thompson will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award at a tribute set for Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Arlington Theatre. Actor/writer/producer Thompson was selected to receive the festival’s highest honor for her “illustrious versatile career,” joining a list of previous winners that includes Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.
“With the distinction of being the only artist to win an Oscar for both Best Actress and Best Screenplay, Ms. Thompson exemplifies the spirit of the Modern Master,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
The 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run January 30th through February 9th.
Emma Thompson Profile (Courtesy of SBIFF):
Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. She first caused a sensation with her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End, which garnered many awards, including an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She earned two Oscar nominations the following year for her work in The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father. She went on to win the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee.
Thompson’s recent film credits include Pixar’s Brave, Men in Black 3;, and both Nanny McPhee and its sequel, Nanny McPhee Returns, for which she wrote the screenplays and starred in the title role. She brought to the screen JK Rowling’s character of Sybil Trelawney in the Harry Potter series. Other film credits include Henry V, Dead Again (1991), Peter’s Friends (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Junior (1994), Carrington (1995) and The Winter Guest (1997), Love Actually for director Richard Curtis and Imagining Argentina for director Christopher Hampton. She has starred in three projects directed by Mike Nichols: Primary Colors (1998), the HBO telefilms Wit (2001, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Angels in America (2002, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and EMMY Award nomination).
Source: SBIFF
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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