Kenneth Branagh To Receive Top Award From The Critics’ Circle

Acclaimed director and actor Kenneth Branagh will be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at The Critics’ Cirlce awards ceremony in January…

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Sir Kenneth Branagh will get The Critics’ Circle’s highest accolade, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, at their awards ceremony on Sunday 17th January. Following in the footsteps of other recipients including Nicolas Roeg, Kristin Scott Thomas, Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter, Branagh said: “As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell. She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”

The Critics’ Circle is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world having been established in 1913. Chaired by Anna Smith, the Film Section membership is made up of more than 140 UK film critics, broadcasters and writers, including Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw, the BBC’s Mark Kermode and Sight & Sound Editor Nick James, and has presented its awards annually since 1980.

The award, named after Dilys Powell who was an iconic British author and film critic who pioneered a new style of cinematic journalism, will be bestowed upon Branagh at the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards that will take place at the May Fair Hotel.

The recipient of many major screen awards, Branagh won the Best Supporting Actor Bafta for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn, a role for which the Critics’ Circle also honoured him. Uniquely, as a UK-based filmmaker, he holds five Oscar nominations in five different categories.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s 16th president has enjoyed an acclaimed career as an actor, director, producer and screenwriter. His credits span theatre, TV and film. He notably adapted, helmed and starred in Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Other directing credits include Peter’s Friends, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in which he co-starred with Robert De Niro, the remake of Sleuth starring Michael Caine and Jude Law, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In a 34-year on-screen career he has appeared in such films as A Month in the Country, Dead Again, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Othello, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Woody Allen’s Celebrity and Valkyrie.

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