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Celebrated classical musician Sir James Galway was the toast of London's Gramophone Awards on Wednesday (17Sep14) as he was honoured for his career achievements.
The Annie's Song flautist, nicknamed The Man with the Golden Flute, was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award after selling more than 30 million copies of his solo recordings worldwide. Paying tribute to Galway, Gramophone magazine editor James Jolly said, "He put the flute on the musical map in modern times... He is a true classical music superstar."
Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, 90, was another big winner - he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific career, while Riccardo Chailly's performance of the Brahms Symphony Cycle with the world's oldest orchestra, Germany's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was named Recording of the Year. G
reek violinist Leonidas Kavakos was feted as Artist of the Year, while the Young Artist of the Year title was shared between the members of the Nightingale String Quartet.
The two stars, who were both born in the U.S., were among the honourees at the Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film event in Santa Monica, California, on Thursday night (23Feb12).
The awards, named after the famed Irish writer, celebrate Irish culture in the film industry and have previously been handed to non-Irish stars including Paul Rudd and James L. Brooks, but Williams and McCarthy are the first women to accept the honour.
Williams, who was feted for her role in My Week With Marilyn, said she was "honoured" to receive the prize and even read a verse by American poet Galway Kinnell during her acceptance speech.
She told the audience, "I consider it (this award) is from a land and from a people who are known for poetry, for literature and lore, for myth and legend. Being in a business that is about story-telling, I'm honoured to be acknowledged by the original story-tellers."
McCarthy was unable to attend the event due to illness, but Hugo screenwriter John Logan was also honoured and was presented with his award by Williams' My Week With Marilyn co-star Kenneth Branagh.
All three of the night's honourees are nominated for Academy Awards at the upcoming Oscars ceremony on Sunday (26Feb12).
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