Monday, February 22, 2010

BAFTA 2010: Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson
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Photo: Vanessa Redgrave (c) and Joely Richardson (r).

Towards the end of the glittering star-studded ceremony, Prince William and actress Uma Thurman presented this year's BAFTA fellowship to the 73-year-old actress Vanessa Redgrave, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for Julia (1977).

Redgrave told the audience at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, "Oh dear, I'm afraid you've done me in." Turning to Prince William, she said, "I would like to say, your Royal Highness, how much I admire your father for his intelligence, humility and kindness." She received a standing ovation as she collected the award from Prince William and Uma Thurman. She also told how she had once learned ‘a great lesson’ from singer Maria Callas – ‘to put the truth of your feelings and your thoughts first’ and the sound of your voice would follow. She also said her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, had advised her to ‘put yourself into the shoes of someone who is completely different from you’.

Vanessa Redgrave has had a long and successful film career spanning six decades. She received her first big critical acclaim in 1967 with Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, which earned her first BAFTA nomination along with the first of six Oscar and 11 Golden Globe nominations. After having received the award from BAFTA in 1966, 10 years later Redgrave won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Julia, in which she portrayed a Jewish woman murdered by Nazis. Her recent work includes the 2002 mini-series The Gathering Storm, Joe Wright's Atonement and Venus, alongside Peter O'Toole and Leslie Phillips, and stage role in Joan Didion's one woman play The Year of Magical Thinking. Redgrave's performance attracted a Tony nomination in 2007, an award she had won three years earlier for her role in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.

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