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Grant, who stars alongside Meryl Streep in Paramount Picture’s period dramedy Florence Foster Jenkins, will receive his award on Sept. 27 in Zurich. He will also present the festival screening of the Stephen Frears-directed feature.
“Hugh is as beloved a star as there is in the world of film,” said festival directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. “His uncanny charm and charisma have fueled memorable performances for decades, but in watching his amazing body of work, the depth of his acting is unmistakable and equally as memorable.”
Grant rocketed to global fame with the success of Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, where he established his comedic persona: the stuttering, embarrassed and oh-so-British gentleman who somehow always manages to get the girl. He won a Golden Globe for his performance in Four Weddings and received nominations both for Noting Hill in 1999 and for the Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy in 2002.
The latter saw Grant add a dose of cynicism to his outwardly charming characters, something he played on to great success as Renee Zellweger’s dastardly boss and love interest Daniel Cleaver in the Bridget Jones films.
In Florence Foster Jenkins, he plays St. Clair Bayfield, the British actor and common-law husband of the title character, an amateur opera singer who didn’t let her lack of talent get in the way of her boundless ambition.
The 2016 Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 22-Oct. 2.
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