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Helen Mirren to be honored at Berlin International Film Festival

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Annie Martin
Helen Mirren will receive an homage and an honorary Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI
Helen Mirren will receive an homage and an honorary Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. File Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Helen Mirren will be honored at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival in February.

Organizers announced in a press release Wednesday that Mirren, 74, will receive an homage and an honorary Golden Bear award at a ceremony Feb. 27.

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The award ceremony at the Berlinale Palast will include a screening of The Queen. Mirren won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film.

"Helen Mirren is a strong personality whose powerful portrayals are always impressive. She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters -- whether it's Chris in Calendar Girls or Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women, and it is our great pleasure to award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement," Berlinale executive director Mariette Rissenbeek said.

The homage films for Mirren are The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Good Liar (2019), The Last Station (2009), The Long Good Friday (1980) and The Queen.

The Berlin International Film Festival confirmed the news in a tweet Wednesday.

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"The Honorary Golden Bear 2020 will be awarded to #HelenMirren for her lifetime achievement! Mirren is one of the most renowned actors of our time. Role after role, she has inscribed herself into the collective memory of cinema audiences worldwide," the post reads.

Mirren's other accolades include an Olivier Award and Tony Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in the play The Audience and an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for the TV miniseries Elizabeth I.

Mirren recently appeared in the film The Good Liar, released in November, and the HBO miniseries Catherine the Great.

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