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If ever there was a performer who has given so much to his craft but not received Academy recognition for it, then it’s Andy Serkis. Thankfully, BAFTA have recognised his unique talents, awarding him the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, which will be presented on 2nd February.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is presenting Andy Serkis with its Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the 73rd EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony on Feb. 2 in London.

The organization said Thursday that it was honoring the British actor, producer and director for his pioneering work on performance capture and for widening “the parameters of what it means to be an actor in the 21st century.”

Serkis’ accomplishments in the field include the creation of such characters as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” series, Caesar in “The Planet of the Apes” trilogy, the titular gorilla in 2005’s “King Kong” and as Supreme Leader Snoke in the recent “Star Wars” films.

That same night Kathleen Kennedy will receive the BAFTA Fellowship (Fellowship? Feels like something a former Hobbit should be receiving!) Fantha Tracks will be there, so stay tuned for news from the Red Carpet.