Actresses Cate Blanchett and Heike Makatsch and actor Heino Ferch are among the prize-winners of the 37th Golden Camera Awards which will be presented by the German TV and radio listings magazine Hoer Zu in Berlin today, on the eve of this year's film festival.
Blanchett, who stars opposite Giovanni Ribisi in the Berlinale's opening film Heaven by Tom Tykwer, will receive a Golden Camera in the "Cinema International" category, while the award for Makatsch - who appeared in Late Night Shooting at the Berlinale last year - is in recognition of her performance in Dieter Wedel's latest ZDF series Die Affaere Semmeling.
A Golden Camera, meanwhile, is being presented to Heino Ferch for his lead role in Roland Suso Richter's TV two-parter The Tunnel, and one in the "TV Drama" category will go to Heinrich Breloer for his docu-drama Die Manns about the writer Thomas Mann's family. In addition, an Honorary Golden Camera will be given to veteran actor 98-year-old Johannes Heesters who still appears on stage.
Other Camera awards will go to TV journalist Sandra Maischberger and entertainer Harald Schmidt, while the winner of the Lilli Palmer Memorial Award for a newcomer German actress will be announced this evening at the ceremony in Berlin's Konzerthaus.