The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson joined Sir Christopher Lee in celebrating Lee’s upcoming British Film Institute Fellowship. Lee is best known for his roles as Count Dracula and Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, in which he can next be seen when the second and third installments of “The Hobbit” trilogy are released. The BFI fellowship which is the highest honor the BFI bestows is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and past recipients include Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Ralph Fiennes.
The ninety-one year old actor with more than two hundred and fifty film credits to his name says, “It is a great privilege to be included amongst such a distinguished group of predecessors who have received this Award from the BFI.”
BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill says, “The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those at the pinnacle of their profession. It is a truly illustrious moment to be honouring Sir Christopher Lee for his enormous and unique contribution to film during a Festival that is committed to excellence.”
The BFI also announced the juries of it’s London Film Festival tapping film critic Phillip French as the President of the Best Film Jury with fellow jurors Lone Scherfig, Stan Douglas, Miranda Richardson, Deborah Moggach and Rodrigo Prieto.