Judi Dench To Receive Crystal Globe Lifetime Achivement Award at Karlovy Vary

2:57 AM PST 05/31/2011 by Scott Roxborough
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Previous winners include Robert de Niro and Isabelle Huppert.

COLOGNE, Germany - Oscar-winner Judi Dench will receive this year's lifetime achivement award, the Crystal Globe, at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The honor, given for an outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, has previously gone to such cinematic luminaries as Robert de Niro, French actress Isabelle Huppert and Czech director Juraj Herz. Dench will attend this year's Karlovy Vary fest, which runs July 1-9.

The Crystal Globe is just the latest in the shelf-load of honors for Dench, who can boast of four Academy Award nominations, including her win for Best Supporting Actress playing Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love. She has received 8 Golden Globe noms and won twice - Best Actress for Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown and for Best Actress in a mini-series in The Last of the Blond Bombshells, a role that earned her the first of three Emmy nominations. Dench has also won numerous BAFTA awards, most recently for her starring role as writer Iris Murdoch in Iris (2002). In 1970, she was named a Dame of the British Empire and in 2008 received a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy.

None of that has stopped or slowed the 76-year-old actress, who has back-to-back projects. After appearing briefly in Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, Dench can be seen playing Mrs. Fairfax in Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre reboot. Her upcoming features include the pharmacist-focused comedy Better Living Through Chemistry and a return to the role of M in the new James Bond, directed by Sam Mendes and set to hit theaters next year.

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