Emma Thompson Dedicates Evening Standard Film Award to Alan Rickman

While here in the US we’re anticipating the upcoming Oscars, awards season is already underway here and around the globe. Just yesterday evening, the winners of the Evening Standard Film Awards were announced in London, and more than one Potter veteran was honored.

One of the big winners of the evening was Dame Maggie Smith, who took home the Best Actress award for her work in The Lady in the Van, which has been praised by critics and fans alike.

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Alan Bennett, the author of the original Lady in the Van play and screenwriter for the film, was also honored with a Special Award for his contributions to British film.

Emma Thompson was recognized for her role as the 77-year-old Cemolina in the comedy The Legend of Barney Thompson. Thompson dedicated her win to close friend Alan Rickman and shared an inside joke they’d had together.

I’d like to commit this moment in time to dearest Alan Rickman, who many of us are dearly missing tonight. It’s so depressing, but there it is, it does happen. He always predicted I would end up looking like my mother after a lifetime of Guinness, fish suppers and untipped Players. So thank you.

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Although Domhnall Gleeson himself was not honored, several projects that he was involved in this past year took home prizes, including Brooklyn for Best Film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Blockbuster of the Year, and Ex Machina for technical achievement by its production designer, Mark Digby.

Congratulations to all of the winners at last night’s awards! You can read the original article here.

Jessica J.

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