Kenneth Branagh to Get Top Honor From London Critics' Circle

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The actor and director will be given the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the Circle's annual awards in January.

Kenneth Branagh might have to find some more space on his mantelpiece.

The actor-filmmaker is set to be honored with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards, due to be held on Jan. 17, organizers announced Monday. The award is named after one of the U.K.'s most iconic film authors and critics, who passed away in 1995.

Branagh, who has already been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama, has five Oscar nominations in five different categories and picked up five BAFTA awards in a career spanning more than 30 years.

"As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell," said Branagh. "She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honor to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics' Circle."

Previous recipients of the award, which has been handed out since 1991, include Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter and Dirk Bogarde. 

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