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John Hurt to receive 'Outstanding British Contribution' BAFTA

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John Hurt is to receive the 'Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award' at this year's BAFTAs.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present the veteran actor with the gong at a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on February 12.

Hurt, whose career has spanned six decades, has appeared in numerous cinematic classics, including Alien, The Elephant Man and Nineteen Eighty-Four. More recently, he starred in several of the Harry Potter films and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

"John Hurt is an actor it is both exciting and fascinating to watch. He has extraordinary screen presence and brings utter conviction to every role he undertakes," said BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie.

"He is one of a kind, an iconic figure, and BAFTA is delighted to take this opportunity to honour his outstanding contribution to cinema."

Hurt added: "I know that film means a great deal to me but I had no idea that I meant so much to film. I feel very honoured."

The Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, takes place at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday, February 12.

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