Can you believe Ralph Fiennes has never won an Academy Award or Golden Globe? He’s only won one BAFTA (Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars)! Something seems wrong with that picture. Luckily, the New York Film Festival honored him with a gala tribute Oct. 9, 2013.
Cate Blanchett had been previously honored this year (see Paula Schwartz’s coverage). Nicole Kidman was an honoree last year.
The event was held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and celebrated the body of work of the actor who seems to be capable of playing just about anything from a romantic lead to a Shakespearean king to the world’s most evil wizard. He has been nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Schlinder’s List” and “The English Patient” and is now directing.
His first film as a director was “Coriolanus.” Now, he has directed a new film called “The Invisible Woman” about Charles Dickens and the woman who would become his much younger mistress during the latter part of his life. See my story about that movie and the press conference that followed.
A number of clips were shown at the event, followed by a Q&A with the actor. He’s a mild-mannered, boyishly exuberant man, which is endearing considering his prestigious career.
It’s great that they gave him this tribute, but he’s 50 years old now. We need to get that man an Oscar!