British actress Felicity Jones, who has appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and most recently Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, will receive the Variety Award at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.
Felicity Jones, star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Theory of Everything and, most recently, Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, will receive the Variety Award at this year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
Having earned nominations for Best Actress from the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA and the Academy Awards for her turn as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Jones will now be bestowed a prestigious award previously afforded to Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Paul Greengrass, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet.
The Variety Award recognises directors, actors, writers or producers who have made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.
“When actress Felicity Jones first appeared on your radar, you probably knew she was destined for greatness but you probably didn’t know she would impact so forcefully on all sizes of screens in all kinds of projects,” says Steven Gaydos, Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor.
Jones, who has been performing on stage and screen since childhood, has twice been nominated for BIFAs for her performances in Albatross and The Invisible Woman.
But it was with James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, which garnered her a Best Actress Nomination at the 87th Academy Awards, that Jones became a household name. This preceded box office hit, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“She has infused the Star Wars juggernaut with feminine soul as well as womanly grit and she brought gravity and tenderness to the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything,” adds Gaydos. “Now she plays a brave woman whose life and achievements loom larger every day.
“On the Basis of Sex is a rallying cry for women’s rights in a time of political crisis, but in the hands of Felicity Jones, Ruth Bader Ginsberg becomes a woman we don’t simply admire, but we come to deeply understand her drives and relish the soul that sustains her commitment to justice and equality.”
Jones will receive her award in December in what will be the 21st anniversary of BIFA. She said, “It’s an incredible honour to receive this award and, in doing so, to join such an illustrious and inspiring group of filmmakers and actors. To support the British film industry on the global stage is a huge privilege and something I feel very proud and lucky to be a part of.”
You can see Felicity Jones in On The Basis of Sex when the biopic is released in UK cinemas on February 22, 2019.