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Ben Kingsley of 'Hugo' to receive special BAFTA tribute

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Academy Award winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, perhaps best remembered for his Oscar winning performance in the 1982 film Gandhi, is receiving a special tribute by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

THR reports that the incredibly versatile actor will be honored with a BAFTA “Life In Pictures” tribute, showcasing the thespian's talents in a wide range of movies that include memorable films such as Schindler’s List, Shutter Island, 1999's Alice in Wonderland, and Bugsy (which earned him an Oscar nomination in 1991).

Past recipients of “A Life in Pictures” BAFTA tribute include: Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and director James Cameron (to name a few).

Kingsley is currently featured as “Georges Méliès” in Martin Scorcese’s new family-adventure blockbuster, Hugo -- which opened in theaters this week to good reviews from both critics and moviegoers.

While many people Kingsley's age are retiring from the workforce, the 67-year old Brit is going strong and in high demand, having just wrapped-up animated film Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning (Michael Keaton, Jason Lee), action/thriller A Common Man (Ben Cross, Mohamed Adamaly), and Larry Charles’ comedy The Dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly).

Upcoming movies for the “Coronation Street” actor include: IRA-based drama Crossmaglen (Thora Birch, Michael Gambron), Dracula based horror film The Last Voyage of Dementer (Jude Law, Noomi Rapace), and A Doll’s House (Jena Malone, Julian Sands).

Did you know? Ben Kingsley is also rumored to have signed on for Raul Inglis (The Falling, Transparency) written and directed movie Salesmen, co-starring Jeff Goldblum (The Fly, Jurassic Park) and Zach Braff (Chicken Little, TV's "Scrubs")


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