Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 March 2015

Film awards for Fiennes and Branagh

Ralph Fiennes will receive an award for his contribution to film
Ralph Fiennes will receive an award for his contribution to film

Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh will share the limelight when they are honoured at a prestigious film awards ceremony next month.

The pair will be recognised at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

Harry Potter star Fiennes will pick up an award named after legendary actor and hellraiser Richard Harris which recognises an outstanding contribution to British film.

His career includes Oscar-nominated roles in Schindler's List and The English Patient and he is set to star in the new James Bond film Skyfall.

Previous winners of the award include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.

Belfast-born Branagh will be given The Variety Award at the ceremony at Old Billingsgate in central London on Sunday December 4.

The event, formally known as the Moet British Independent Film Awards, is in its 14th year.

Last year's awards were dominated by The King's Speech, which scooped five gongs including Best British Independent Film and acting honours for its stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

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