'The Queen' actress will receive her honorary Golden Bear at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 27, 2020.
British actress Helen Mirren will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the festival announced Wednesday.
Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar and Golden Globe in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' The Queen, will attend Berlin to receive her award on Feb. 27, 2020.
In addition, Berlin will screen a retrospective of Mirren's films, including The Queen, The Long Good Friday 1980, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989, The Last Station 2009 and The Good Liar 2019.
"Helen Mirren is a strong personality whose powerful portrayals are always impressive. She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters — whether it's Chris in Calendar Girls or Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women, and it is our great pleasure to award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement,” said Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director of the Berlinale.
In addition to her film work —which has also included Hollywood action franchises RED and The Fast and the Furious—Mirren is one of Britain's most acclaimed theatre actress and has won numerous honors for her stage performances, including Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards. In 2003, she was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire DBE for her services to drama.
The updated version of the German literary classic picked up 11 nominations, followed by 'System Crasher' with 10.
Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz, a modern-day adaptation of the 1930s-set literary classic, is the front runner for this year's German Film Awards, the Lolas, having picked up 11 nominations, including for best film. Berlin Alexanderplatz premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Right behind it in the running for the 2020 Lolas is Nora Fingscheidt's social drama System Crasher, a hit at last year's Berlinale, with 10 nominations including for best film.
Qurbani was also nominated as best director for Berlin Alexanderplatz and for best screenplay together with co-writer Martin Behnke. The films' stars Welket Bungué and Jella Haase were nominated in the best actor and best supporting actress categories, respectively.
Albrecht Schuch picked up both a best actor nomination for his role in System Crasher, where he plays a group home worker assigned to a troubled pre-teen, and a best supporting nomination for Berlin Alexanderplatz, where he plays a drug dealer.
Alongside Qurbani and Fingscheidt, Ilker Catak is a best director contender for his romantic drama I Was, I Am, I Will Be, which picked up five Lola nominations, including for best film and a best actress nom for star Anne Ratte-Polle.
Christian Petzold's Undine, another Berlin Festival premiere, and Hermine Huntgeburth's musical biopic Lindberg! Mach dein Ding are also up for the best film Lola.
The 2020 German Film Awards are set to be handed out in Berlin on April 24.