John Hurt receives Richard Harris Award

  November 5, 2003 at 2:33 PM ET
  grae     The Leaky Cauldron (via This is London)
 


Movie fans have come to expect great things from John Hurtopens in new window, aka Mr. Ollivander from the first Harry Potter filmopens in new window, and recently the veteran actor was given the Richard Harris Awardopens in new window by the British Independent Film Awards.

John Hurt, 63, won the Richard Harris Award for his contribution to British cinema. The star of The Elephant Man and Alien said he was "incredibly honoured".

Actor Sir Ian McKellenopens in new window was also honored at the event with the Variety UK Personality of the Year award, and he had a few things to say about the British film industry.

Sir Ian's frustration spilled over at the British Independent Film Awards, where the 63-year-old actor was honoured for his influential role in the entertainment world.

But rather than offering simple thanks, Sir Ian condemned the industry for failing to promote the huge wealth of technical and artistic talent in Britain.

After accepting the Variety UK Personality of the Year award from his Lord Of The Rings co-star Orlando Bloomopens in new window, he asked: "Why are we happy in Britain to settle for small, independent films?

"Why wasn't a great film like Lord Of The Rings made in this country?"

Perhaps somebody should remind Sir Ian about the Harry Potter films? Just a thought...

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