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Depp salutes Christopher Lee at London festival
By JILL LAWLESS , Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- Johnny Depp has made a surprise appearance at the London Film Festival to give a career honor to horror icon Christopher Lee.

Depp called Lee "a national treasure" and "a genuine artist" as he presented the 91-year-old actor with a British Film Institute Fellowship on Saturday.

He said it had been "a childhood dream come true" to work with Lee. The two actors appeared together in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow," ''Dark Shadows" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

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Lee returned the compliment, calling Depp one of the few younger actors "who is truly a star."

Lee's 250 movie roles include Dracula in a series of Hammer Films thrillers, Bond villain Scaramanga in "The Man With The Golden Gun," the founder of Pakistan in "Jinnah" and Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings."

During a ceremony at London's Banqueting House, the festival gave its best-picture prize to Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski for "Ida," the story of a novice nun in 1960s' Poland.

Pawlikowski, best known for English-language films "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love," said he had been warned that "making a film in Poland, in black and white," with a little-known actress would be a bad career move.

"But that doesn't seem to be the case."

The first-feature prize went to Anthony Chen's Singapore family drama "Ilo Ilo," and screenwriter Jonathan Asser was named best British newcomer for prison drama "Starred Up."

The documentary trophy went to Paul-Julien Robert's "My Fathers, My Mother and Me," a personal portrait of Europe's largest commune.

The 57th London Film Festival included 235 features, including Paul Greengrass' hijacking drama "Captain Phillips," Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity," Joel and Ethan Coen's folk saga "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Steve McQueen's hard-hitting "12 Years A Slave."

The 12-day festival ends Sunday with "Saving Mr. Banks," starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers.

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9Comments
Oct 22, 2013 6:18AM
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The best fright master are/were:  Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price.  The mere wave of a hand or the lifting of an eyebrow could put you at the edge of your seat.  These men knew how to set the scene up and just how much nuance to give in their performance to scare the "jack-#@!t" out of you.  To scare people today, depends on how much CGI/FX is used to get the same results.  It's a shame that there are no longer actors that can sway or scare you.
Oct 21, 2013 7:04AM
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Christopher Lee on of the greatest of them all !!!  They even teach a "Lee" technique/style at RADA now.
Oct 20, 2013 5:20PM
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NOW CHRISTOPHER LEE IS A GREAT ACTOR! DEPP USE TO BE A GREAT ACTOR BUT

HIS LAST FEW MOVIES HE LOST ME AS A FAN. DARK SHADOWS??? HORRIBLE.

CHECK OUT LEE WITH VINCENT PRICE, JOHN CARRADINE AND PETER CUSHING IN

THE HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS THE LAST GREAT HORROR MOVIE EVER MADE!

Oct 21, 2013 6:56PM
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I love his vampire movies. They were good & scary! Too much blood and gore in the new stuff. Dont blame Johnny Depp for movie failures. Blame Holly-weird. They promote stuff good or bad and want you to buy into it. Nobody did!
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