Angela Lansbury to get Oscar

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British actress Angela Lansbury will join Angelina JolieSteve Martin, and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi on the Oscar stage this year.

 

All four will receive honorary Academy Awards. Lansbury will receive an award for her career achievements, as will Steve and Piero while Angelina will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The awards honour individuals who have made indelible contributions to their fields.

 

The board of governors for the Academy voted on the recipients last week and the awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on November 16 at Hollywood & Highland Centre’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

 

Eighty-seven year old Lansbury has been nominated three times Best Supporting actressOscars. The actress has been acting for 65 years and her latest project was in 2011′s Mr Popper’s Penguins. Piero has earned five Oscar nominations the last being for 1982′s La Traviata.

 

The Hersholt Award is presented periodically to a film industry member for exemplary humanitarian work. Jolie won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1999′s Girl, Interrupted. She is a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Tom Hanks takes London festival by storm

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He is one of the biggest stars in the world and the weight of Tom Hanks’ stardom will be on the 57th annual London Film Festival with two of his movies set to open and close this year’s event.

Hanks’ films are already getting Oscar buzz with the Paul Greengrass thriller Captain Phillips to open the ten day-event and the John Lee Hancock-directed Saving Mr. Banks set to close things off on October 20.

Captain Phillips tells the story of the 2009 hijacking of a US container by Somali pirates in which Hanks plays the title role while Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of how the studios attracted PL Travers who authored Mary Poppins.

Hanks will star alongside British actress Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks whileCatherine Kenner plays the wife of Captain Phillips.

Hanks has won the Academy Award for Best Actor on two occasions. He first won for 1993’s Philadelphia which he starred opposite fellow Best Actor winner, Denzel Washington, and again in 1994 for the film Forrest Gump in which he played the title character.

Captain Phillips will debut in the United States in mid-December.

Danny Boyle’s Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire has closed the LFF in the past.

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