BIFA saluting Helena Bonham Carter and Liam Neeson

Supporting actress nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) is assured of taking home at least one trophy from the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 5 in London. She has been named as this year’s recipient of the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contributions to British film. Previous recipients of this prize include last year’s honoree Daniel Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins and Jim Broadbent.

Also being feted at the 13th annual edition of these festivities will be Liam Neeson who will be given the Variety Award for bringing worldwide attention to the British film industry. He joins an honor roll that includes last year’s recipient Michael Caine as well as Helen Mirren, Richard Curtis, Michael Sheen and Keira Knightley.

Producer Duncan Kenworthy has been named chair of this year’s jury which includes new additions director Franny Armstrong and film programmer Clare Binns. Previously announced members are editor Mags Arnold, producers Finola Dwyer and Andy Harries, actors Matthew Goode, Sean Pertwee, Jamie Sives and Gemma Jones, directors David Mackenzie and James Marsh, writer Matt Greenhalgh, festival programmer Hannah McGill, film critic Jason Solomons and production designer Gary Williamson.

Photo: Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” (TWC)

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