Anthony Hopkins awarded BAFTA Academy Fellowship 2008
Introduced by Lord Richard Attenborough as “the finest actor of his generation” – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts present Sir Anthony Hopkins with the Academy Fellowship on Sunday 10 February 2008.
Awarded annually in the Gift of the Academy, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. The Award was presented by Lord Attenborough, the Academy’s President. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick and Judi Dench.
The Welsh actor’s career spans over five decades and is one of the UK’s most loved, admired and respected performers of his generation, with his talent recognised by the Academies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Over the years he’s won numerous BAFTA Awards for his performances in The Remains of the Day (1993) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He has also received an Oscar for his legendary performance as Hannibal Lecter.
A Welsh College of Music & Drama graduate, Anthony completed two years mandatory military training before joining Laurence Oliver’s National Theatre at the Old Vic. He made his feature film debut in 1968 opposite Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter and received his first BAFTA nomination for his performance.
Anthony has received critical acclaim for his diverse performances in films such as Amistad (1997), Nixon (1995), Shadowlands (1993), Howards End (1992), Legends of the Fall (1994), The Elephant Man (1980) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). Demonstrating immense versatility, he has returned to the stage throughout his career with celebrated performances at the National Theatre in London and on Broadway. He has also worked extensively in television and has won a BAFTA Television Award and two Emmy Awards.