The event, held at a black-tie gala dinner at the Bacara Resort & Spa, is an annual fete for a lifelong contributor to cinema through work in front of the camera, behind, or both.
Hammer, who starred with Dench in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” opened the ceremony while Fazal recited a poem of sorts to his “Victoria & Abdul” co-star. Fazal noted how his and Dench’s first meeting initially felt to him like an “Indian arranged marriage” until he walked in the room. “There was nobody else in the room and she just greeted me with the warmest hug,” he said. “At this high point in her career she still calls herself ‘a jobbing actor.’ She teaches