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Tom Cruise honoured for Valkyrie role

Lions For Lambs world premiere in London, Tom Cruise

Story by Jack Foley

GERMANY has honoured Tom Cruise with a courage award for his role in the forthcoming movie Valkyrie.

The actor was presented with the prestigious Bambi award for his portrayal of Nazi officer Col Claus von Stauffenberg, who formed a key part of the failed assassination attempt on dictator Adolf Hitler.

The prize committee praised the A-list star for tackling a story that had never been covered by Hollywood before. The film is being directed by Bryan Singer and co-stars Kenneth Branagh and Bill Nighy.

Ironically, it ran into trouble earlier this year when the shoot was initially refused access to key sites in Germany. But the problems were overcome and Cruise joined members of the crew in a ceremony that honoured the memorial site used.

The Bambis are Germany’s most prestigious media awards and they cover film, television and music. According to the organisers, the Bambis “honour people who have especially moved and elated the German audience with their vision and creativity”.

Other winners at the Dusseldorf ceremony included Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and Italian actress Sophia Loren was recognised with a lifetime achievement award – her third in total, following similar accolades in 1961 and 1964.