Ian McKellen’s well received role of Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes is one of those performances that might pop up during critics awards later in the year. Since the category is so crowded it’s a long shot, to be sure, but not impossible. At any rate, McKellen will be honored at the Mill Valley Film Fest on October 11:
The Mill Valley Film Festival announces today, Sir Ian McKellen will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute, Sunday, October 11, 7:30pm in San Rafael. The evening will feature an on-stage conversation, special showing of clips from his tremendous body of work and presentation of the MVFF Award.
“This tribute couldn’t be more timely,” notes Director of Programming, Zoë Elton. “While a whole new generation have been turned on to his genius seeing him as Gandalf, Ian McKellen’s current performance in Mr. Holmes adds another jewel in the crown of an incredible career. It’s such beautiful work—and, of course, it brings him back together with director Bill Condon of Gods and Monsters fame, the film that garnered McKellen a Best Actor Oscar nomination. We’re honoring his whole career. I’ll never forget his extraordinary debut on the London stage in the early 70s. And, really, everything he’s done since, on stage, screen and TV. What London knew then, the world knows now: he’s brilliant.”