Art and Experience: Hugh Grant, whose performance in comedy drama “Florence Foster Jenkins” has been gathering steam as an awards contender, is to be feted at the Zurich Film Festival.
The British actor will receive the Swiss festival’s Golden Icon Award, which is awarded in recognition of lifetime achievements. As well as picking up the award, Grant will present Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which he stars opposite Meryl Streep.
Festival heads Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht commented: “His uncanny charm and charisma have fueled memorable performances for decades, but in watching his amazing body of work, the depth of his acting is unmistakable and equally as memorable.”
Grant’s films have grossed more than $2.5 billion combined worldwide. Credits include “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He was nominated for Golden Globes for his performances in “Notting Hill” and “About a Boy.”
The festival runs Sept. 22-Oct. 2.