- Andy Serkis will be awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema at the 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night.
- The actor and director told Insider that he hasn’t found a place to keep his award yet, but may display it next to the One Ring he kept from “The Lord of the Rings.”
- “There is a strong possibility it could, actually,” he said. “That may well happen.”
- He added that he thinks he is receiving the accolade because he’s had an “unusual career.”
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Andy Serkis will be awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night, an award that has previously been giving to Curzon, the “Harry Potter” film series, BBC Films, and “Monty Python.”
And while Serkis told Insider he has yet to find an interesting way to display his BAFTA, which was announced almost two weeks prior to the 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards, it could end up next to the iconic “One Ring” he kept from “Lord of the Rings.”
“It will probably end in my office,” Serkis told Insider. “I’ve got a bit of a man cave with lots of memorabilia. I’m sure it will end up there.”
One of the most iconic pieces of memorbilia from projects Serkis has been apart of – which include Star Wars and the MCU – is the One Ring he kept from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, in which he played Smeagol/Gollum.
When we floated the idea of keeping his new precious – the BAFTA statuette – next to the One Ring, Serkis liked the idea.
“Oh, man, it could possibly, yeah,” he said. “There is a strong possibility it could, actually, that may well happen.”
Serkis also told Insider that he received a letter from BAFTA several weeks before the official announcement, annd thought it was just more bills from the academy after coming home from work one day.
“Work,” by the way, just so happens to be directing “Venom 2,” a shoot he is 40 days into.
“I saw a letter from BAFTA on the table and I thought ‘it’s time to pay my dues again’ and lo and behold there it was,” Serkis told Insider.
“I was absolutely thrilled, really delighted. I thought to myself, ‘an outstanding contribution to British cinema sounds like an award for someone who has lived a life and has been through something, and I feel like I’m on my first job whatever I’m doing. It’s an odd feeling to be receiving a veteran’s award when I feel like I’m just starting out.”
Serkis said it was pretty hard trying to keep the news to himself, but he did tell his wife and a few select others he could trust to remain tight-lipped.
He believes he’s been chosen for the accolode because he’s “had an unusual career.”
“It set out to be one thing and developed into another with performance capture and all that,” Serkis said. “So it’s unusual for an actor to enter into a visual effects environment and a visual effects world to the degree that I have and then continue to develop the art and craft of a particular strain of acting.
“I’m not quite sure exactly what the outstanding contribution is but collaborating with great visual effects artists and creating characters that people seem to like.”
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