Tim Burton Presented Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement

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Director Tim Burton was honored at the Venice Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement yesterday. Johnny Depp, who has starred a number of Burton’s films including Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, presented the award. “This is very special to me. It’s the best honor I’ve ever received and it just inspires me to keep going,” Burton said. He also joked that the award was better than an Oscar statuette: “It’s actually a lot more beautiful-looking than a bald, naked man.”

Burton attended with fiancee Helena Bonham Carter who recently appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is pregnant with the couple’s second child. He is currently filming his new film, Sweeney Todd, in which Depp plays the demon barber of Fleet Street.

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