In the first-of-its kind Oscar tribute in Europe, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honoured British actress Vanessa Redgrave in London for her outstanding contribution in the history of cinema on Sunday.
The star-studded event, hosted by playwright David Hare, included Meryl Streep, Ralph Fiennes, James Earl Jones, Joely Richardson and Eileen Atkins who felicitated the Oscar winner for her career spanning more than 50 years.
"Wherever you go in the world, people know and admire Vanessa Redgrave," Hare said in a statement as reported by Reuters. "There are not many consistently brilliant 50-year careers in the history of cinema, but hers is one of them," he said.
Born into a famous acting dynasty, Vanessa Redgrave forayed into the theatre during the late 1950s. It was in the film 'Morgan!" that the 74-year-old actress picked up her first of six Oscar nominations. But, it was her supporting role in "Julia" that fetched the British actress an Academy Award.
Currently, Vanessa Redgrave is appearing in the stage production of "Driving Miss Daisy" in London's West End alongside James Earl Jones. Jones, famously known for the voice of "Darth Vader" in the "Star Wars" movies, received an honorary career Oscar in London on Saturday.