Belfast Telegraph

Movie honour for Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is to be honoured with a coveted film award at a US festival.

The Saving Mr Banks actress will be presented with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (SBIFF) Modern Master Award for her "illustrious versatile career".

The award is the festival's highest honour and was created "to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry".

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said: " 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."

Emma, 54, follows in the footsteps of stars such as Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, George Clooney and James Cameron who have previously won the trophy.

It has already been announced that Cate Blanchett and Oprah Winfrey will also be celebrated at the festival next year.

Cate will be presented with the 2014 award for the Outstanding Performer Of The Year for her performance in Blue Jasmine, while Oprah will be given the prestigious Montecito Award for her performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler.

The festival runs from January 30 to February 9, 2014.


From Belfast Telegraph