BFI to award Fiennes film accolade

Ralph Fiennes is to receive a British Film Institute Fellowship.

Ralph Fiennes is to receive a British Film Institute Fellowship.

The British actor – whose new movie 'Coriolanus' has been selected for a Gala screening at this year’s London Film Festival – has been bestowed with the accolade, previously given to Ridley Scott, Sir Michael Caine, Danny Boyle and Clint Eastwood, among others, in a move he is "delighted" by.

He said: “I’m extremely honoured and delighted to be given this fellowship by the BFI.”

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will also receive the accolade at a special ceremony at LSO St Luke’s on 26 October.

David said: "This is a monumental, in fact overwhelming, honour, and my being the first Canadian to receive it makes it all the sweeter. British cinema has been a potent inspiration for me, and to be associated with this particular group of filmmakers is tremendously exhilarating."

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the Best Film Award, to be announced at the London Film Festival, has been unveiled, with Steve McQueen's 'Shame' and Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' among those nominated.

Other films listed include 'Trishna' by Michael Winterbottom and Alexsandr Sukurov's 'Faust'.

Shortlist for the BFI Best Film Award 2010:

'360', Fernando Meirelles

'The Artist', Michel Hazanavicius

'The Deep Blue Sea', Terence Davies

'The Descendants', Alexander Payne

'Faust', Aleksandr Sukurov

'The Kid With A Bike', Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne

'Shame', Steve McQueen

'Trishna', Michael Winterbottom

'We Need To Talk About Kevin', Lynne Ramsay

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