Redgrave was feted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the first-ever European tribute to an actor.
Playwright David Hare hosted the event, entitled An Academy Salute to Vanessa Redgrave, and paid tribute to the veteran star, declaring, “Wherever you go in the world, people know and admire Vanessa Redgrave. There are not many consistently brilliant 50-year careers in the history of cinema, but hers is one of them.”
Hare created three videos highlighting the 74 year old’s work and other guests at the gala included Dame Eileen Atkins and Redgrave’s daughter Joely Richardson.
Redgrave says, “I am simply amazed by this wonderful tribute. I am immensely grateful to the Academy and to all my colleagues, for thinking of me in this generous way.”
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Tom Sherak adds, “Vanessa Redgrave’s depth and range as an actress have earned her work the admiration of peers, critics and fans. We are delighted as an organisation to be celebrating her career this evening.”
The evening’s guests were similarly in awe of Redgrave – Jones, who stars alongside the actress in the current London production of Driving Miss Daisy, raves, “I love this woman. My wife understands. I stand in profound admiration of her courage, both on and off the stage.”
Fiennes adds, “I’m honoured and delighted to participate in this celebration of Vanessa Redgrave. She is one of the greatest actresses, inspiring to work with on so many levels. She is unique.”
Redgrave received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Julia in 1977, and she has been nominated a further five times.