European Achievement in World Cinema Award for British Actor at EFAs 2018
In recognition of a rich and extensive career in front of and behind the camera, Ralph Fiennes will receive the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA.
Ralph Fiennes has been creating film experiences that continue to move and inspire us. Most recently he directed THE WHITE CROW about Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West, in which he also plays Pushkin. He was Charles Dickens in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (2013) which he also directed. His directorial debut was the 2011 film adaptation of Shakespeare's CORIOLANUS in which he also acted as the protagonist, earning him a BAFTA nomination. So did his role as the legendary concierge in Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014). Ralph Fiennes was Harry Hawkes in Luca Guadagnino's A BIGGER SPLASH (2015) and Nazi officer Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg’s SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993) for which he won a BAFTA and an Oscar nomination.
He was the protagonist in Anthony Minghella's THE ENGLISH PATIENT (1996) for which he was again nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA. Further BAFTA nominations came for his role as Justin Quayle in Fernando Meirelles’ THE CONSTANT GARDENER (2005) and as novelist Maurice Bendrix in THE END OF THE AFFAIR by Neil Jordan (1999).
Ralph Fiennes worked with Stephen Daldry in THE READER (2008), with Robert Redford in QUIZ SHOW (1994) and with Gillian Armstrong in OSCAR AND LUCINDA (1997). He played the leading roles in his sister's ONEGIN (1999), in SPIDER by David Cronenberg (2002) for which he was nominated for an EFA Audience Award, and in SUNSHINE by István Szabó for which he received an EFA as European Actor 1999. He also worked with Kathryn Bigelow in STRANGE DAYS (1995) and again in THE HURT LOCKER (2008).
And, of course, he is forever Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series and ‘M’ in the James Bond films SKYFALL and SPECTRE.
It is a great pleasure for the European Film Academy to present the award European Achievement in World Cinema to Ralph Fiennes for his impressive dedication to cinema.
Ralph Fiennes will be an honorary guest at the 31st European Film Awards Ceremony on 15 December in Seville.
Berlin, 16 October 2018