Fun film fact: Since the first Academy Award ceremony in 1929, more than 300 British citizens have been awarded an Oscar in acting, music and technical categories. (The U.S. holds the title for most produced Oscar winners).
And to celebrate the enormous filmmaking contributions by U.K. artists, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla hosted an exclusive royal reception for 131 British Oscar winners from the past 45 years inside the Picture Gallery at St. James’s Palace on Wednesday.
Among the Hollywood icons on the invite list were Sir Michael Caine, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Maggie Smith, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sam Smith, director Sam Mendes, Glenda Jackson, Sir Tim Rice, Mark Rylance and Jim Broadbent.
TRH are hosting some of Britain’s finest actors, directors, make-up artists and costume designers at St James’s Palace tonight!
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 4, 2016
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) May 4, 2016
The Prince and The Duchess are hosting some of Britain’s finest actors, directors, make-up artists and costume designers at St James’s Palace tonight in celebration of the work and accomplishments of British Oscar winners. The Prince meets Colin Firth who won the best actor gong in 2010 for playing The Prince’s grandfather, King George VI in The King’s Speech! © Press Association
Notably absent was Dame Helen Mirren.
Inside the event, Thompson, 57, welcomed the heir to the throne by bursting into song, according to Daily Express. “It’s you. You look gorgeous,” the 1992 and 1995 winner exclaimed.
AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson and Academy board members were also in attendance. Boone Isaacs thanked Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla for their support saying, “It’s truly a unique event and we are so very pleased.”