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John Hurt to receive lifetime BAFTA

Shooting Dogs

Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Hurt is to receive the outstanding contribution to cinema award at the 2012 BAFTAs next month.

The veteran actor, 72, has received three previous BAFTA awards recognising his work – the first, in 1976, for his role as Quentin Crisp in the TV drama The Naked Civil Servant.

Two further trophies followed for Midnight Express and The Elephant Man as well as further nominations for Alien, The Field and, most recently, TV’s An Englishman in New York in 2009.

His vast film credits include Shooting Dogs (pictured), 1984, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (in which he delivered one of cinema’s great speeches about love), The Proposition and, most recently, Brighton Rock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Immortals.

Hurt himself is humbled by the accolade, saying: “I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film.”

While BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie said the actor has an “extraordinary screen presence” and brings “utter conviction to every role he undertakes”.

He added: “He is one of a kind, an iconic figure, and Bafta is delighted to take this opportunity to honour his outstanding contribution to cinema.”

Hurt’s film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy goes into the awards ceremony with 11 nominations. The BAFTA awards take place on February 12 in London.

The ceremony will be hosted by comedian and broadcaster Stephen Fry and will be broadcast on BBC One.

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