Sally Hawkins and Jude Law were recognized with the 2020 Raindance Icon Awards. They not only receive their awards, but also take part in a special online session “In Conversation with” as part of the Raindance Film Festival 2020.
Actors Sally Hawkins and Jude Law receive special recognition awards as Raindance Icons. Both received awards at the 28th Raindance Film Festival.
Sally Hawkins has received numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award and a Silver Berlin Bear for best actress in Happy-Go-Lucky. She was nominated for two Oscar awards (for The Shape of Water and Blue Jasmine).
Jude Law has received multiple awards, including a BAFTA film award for The Talented Mr Ripley, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards (for Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr Ripley) and two Tony Awards (for Hamlet and Indiscretions).
Sally Hawkins says: “I'm very excited about this honor from Raindance. I am very humble about it, thank you. Independent film is the heart and soul of this industry. It gives us the opportunity to take risks, tell challenging stories that may otherwise have been overlooked, and continue to work with and enable exciting new talent. I am very happy to work in this industry. May it be a long time! I am infinitely grateful to have received the Raindance Icon Award. Thank you with all my heart. "
Jude Law says, “Raindance began in 1993, around the same time as my own film career. Since then, I've seen the growth and the pivotal role it plays in promoting independent film in the UK. The workshops and lessons organized by the festival play a constructive role in supporting the future of the UK film industry. I've seen and enjoyed some incredible Raindance films over the years and always look forward to the festival. I've been a fan of Raindance for a long time, so I'm very honored and proud to receive the Raindance Icon Award. Many thanks."
Last year's recipient was the Oscar and BAFTA winner Olivia Colman. The Raindance Icon Award is the natural evolution of the Raindance Auteur Award, which former recipients were Directors Terry Gilliam, Guy Richie and Ken Loach. This annual award was renamed the Raindance Icon Award in 2019 and now has a broader mandate to honor and celebrate the icons of independent cinema: those who made a lasting impression through the medium of film.
Sally Hawkins and Jude Law will attend special online "In Conversation With" sessions with Raindance founder Elliot Grove. These can be viewed online during this year's festival using the Raindance Player. The program includes over 50 film premieres, Q&A, short films, industry events and immersive VR experiences available to watch online for free across the UK (£ 5 donation per film suggested). There will also be a small number of socially distant personal premieres in London, including opening and closing films.
“Is it just me? Or does New Year's Eve 2019 seem like decades ago to you? "adds Raindance founder Elliot Grove." The world has changed dramatically. Instead of focusing on everything that is grainy, nervous, depressed and gloomy, this year's Raindance Film Festival wanted to celebrate the power of cinema, to our emotions to transform, to help us to escape and to take us on a journey far from here and now. What could be nicer than to celebrate with two Raindance symbols that direct the much-needed starlight to 2020. "
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