BAFTA Sets Ben Kingsley Tribute

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Ben Kingsley (left), as magician-filmmaker Georges Melies, gets direction from Martin Scorsese on the set in London.

LONDON – Academy award-winner Ben Kingsley is to become the latest screen star to be the subject of a Life in Pictures event, hosted and organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Kingsley, who scored a best actor Academy nod in 1982 for Gandhi, will be the subject of a celebration of his work on the cinema screen at an event at the British organization’s central London headquarters Nov. 26.

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Kingsley’s role in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is propelling him into this year’s awards season lights in which he plays Georges Melies, a grumpy toy maker.

His resume boasts myriad roles with appearances in movies such as Schindler’s List, Sexy Beast and Shutter Island to name three.

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Kingsley’s Life in Pictures follows hot-on-the-heels of one for Kenneth Branagh and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, both earlier this month.