The Queen director Stephen Frears was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last weekend’s European Film Awards.
Frears, who also directed My Beautiful Launderette, High Fidelity and Dangerous Liaisons, has been directing in film and television for over 40 years. Upon accepting the award, Frears told the audience:
"I'm not an auteur and I make cheerful films because I can't stand the misery anymore. I'm just a bloke who makes films and hopes the audience likes them. And I'll try to do better next time."
Other winners on the night included Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, which picked up People’s Choice Award, and the film’s star Colin Firth, who won Best Actor. Tilda Swinton, who had the lead role in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, won Best Actress.
For a full list of winners, click here.