Jeremy Irons to Be Honored at Savannah Film Festival (Exclusive)

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The Oscar winner will be joined by honorees Alexander Payne and Natalie Dormer during the event.

Jeremy Irons will be honored at the 16th Savannah Film Festival, sponsored by Georgia's Savannah College of Art & Design, held Oct. 26 to Nov. 2.

Irons, whose movies have grossed about $1 billion, shot to fame in 1981's Brideshead Revisited, the highbrow Downton Abbey of its day. He held his own playing opposite Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman and opposite himself as malevolent identical-twin gynecologists in Dead Ringers. Irons has won an Oscar (as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune); two Emmys; SAG, Cesar and Tony Awards; and half a dozen Golden Globe nominations, most recently as the elegantly thuggish Pope in Showtime's The Borgias. Irons will do a Q&A after a screening of Adrian Lyne’s Lolita.

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Irons joins previously announced SFF honorees Alexander Payne and Natalie Dormer and special guests Bruce Dern, Alec Baldwin, James Toback and Miles Teller. (A previously announced honoree, Terence Stamp, had to cancel his SFF trip to shoot a huge battle scene in Romania for the film Devil's Advocate, a spokesman says.)

SFF 2013 screenings include Payne's Nebraska, John WellsAugust: Osage County, Jon Turteltaub’s Last Vegas, Toback’s Seduced & Abandoned, Brian Percival’s The Book Thief, Stephen FrearsPhilomena, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman.
Past festival guests include Peter O'Toole, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Jane Fonda, Sidney Lumet, Diane Lane, Ian McKellen, Isabella Rossellini, Lily Tomlin, Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, Matt Dillon, Norman Jewison, Tommy Lee Jones, John Waters, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack, Malcolm McDowell, and Milos Forman.
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