Julie Andrews to get Lifetime Achievement Award
Veteran performing artist Julie Andrews, the star of exemplary motion pictures, including, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, will be rewarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 76th version of Venice Film Festival. The honour will be presented to the 83-year-old performer amid the celebration, which will keep running from August 28 to September 7 this year.
“I’m so privileged to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The Venice Film Festival has long been recognised as one of the world’s most esteemed international film festivals. I thank the Biennale for this acknowledgement of my work and I look forward to being in that beautiful city in September for this very special occasion,” Julie said in a statement.
“Her roles were diverse, dramatic, provocative and imbued with scathing irony. This Golden Lion is the well-deserved recognition of an extraordinary career which has admirably parsed popular success with artistic ambition, without ever bowing to facile compromises,” said festival director Alberto Barbera. He gave the statement while recalling the actor’s work on 1960’s films Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.
Notably, the decision was made under the governance of the Board of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, based on the recommendation of Barbera.