The Evening Standard British Film Awards. Sunday, 3rd of February 2002. The Savoy Hotel, London.
THE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - MR. CHRISTOPHER LEE, C.B.E.
"I am, of course, very pleased to receive this award and that many of my collegues congratulated me on it. This award meant a lot to me"- Christopher Lee
The judges: Neil Norman and Alexander Walker from the Evening Standard, Derek Malcom of The Guardian, Angie Errigo of Empire magazine and film journalist and film-maker Richard Jobson.
After a few couple of names were thrown into the ring as deserving of this occasional award, one emerged as clear winner. For a career that spanned well over half a century and notched up an extraordinary 200-plus films -quite probably more than any living actor - as well as having moved from screen villain to British movie icon, the panel were unanimous in the decision to give the award this year to Christopher Lee. -Neil Norman, Evening Standard
Screen veteran Christopher Lee, who plays evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, received a special achievement award or a career spanning 55 years and more than 200 films.
Although often best remembered for his appearances in many Hammer classics, the 79-year-old insisted: "I haven't done what is known as a horror movie for over a quarter of a century but because they turn up on television all the time people think I'm still making them -Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
The award was presented by Pierce Brosnan in a standing ovation. Guests included Ewan McGregor, Sir Ben Kingsley, Greta Scacchi, Anna Paquin, Mick Jaeger, Sir Tim Rice and Tony Blair.
The other winners are:
Best Film: Gosford Park, director Robert Altman.
Best Actor: Linus Roache for Pandaemonium.
Best Actress: Kate Winslet for Enigma, Quills and Iris.
The Peter Sellers Award for Comedy: Hugh Grant for Bridget Jone's Dairy.
Best Screenplay: Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding for Bridget Jone;s Diary.
Carlton TV Most Promising Newcomer: Ben Hopkins for The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.
Technical Archievment: Stuart Craig for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Tonight, the awards will be presented on Carlton TV at 11.30 pm. We will upload a video recording with Mr Lee receiving his award and Pierce Brosnan's tribute.
A special thank you from this web site goes to Mr. Neil Norman from of The Evening Standard for his very kind cooperation and assistance.
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