A Lord of the Rings star received a prestigious award at the Glasgow Film Festival this weekend. 

Viggo Mortensen, who is best known for his role as Aragorn in the fantasy films, was honoured with the festival's inaugural Cinema City Honorary Award today following the UK premiere of his new film, The Dead Don't Hurt - a moving romantic Western set in the 1860s.

The movie sees Mortensen play a Danish immigrant, Holger Olsen, who becomes involved with the fiercely independent Vivienne Le Coudy, played by Vicky Krieps.

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The actor was presented with the award at an In Conversation event, which was sold-out, where he talked about his five decades-long Hollywood career as an actor and director.

Viggo was presented with the award by Glasgow Film Festival Director Allison Gardner, who said: "This year, we mark significant milestones: 85 years since the Cosmo Cinema opened its doors, transforming into the Glasgow Film Theatre 50 years ago, and now, the 20th edition of our award-winning Glasgow Film Festival.

"These anniversaries are not mere numbers; they are chapters of our enduring legacy, a testament to our role as the heartbeat of Scotland’s cinematic landscape and our commitment to Cinema for All.

"GFT has been a formative cultural venue for generations of Scotland’s filmmakers, artists, and musicians. Viggo Mortensen’s outstanding contribution to cinema and his deep passion for art and creativity makes him the perfect first recipient of our new honorary award.

"We are honored to welcome him to Glasgow and for him to accept this award from the whole team here at Glasgow Film."

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Other guests at the festival on Sunday included UK stage and screen star Maxine Peake at the UK premiere of her new film Woken and Canadian star of The Vampire Diaries Sara Canning at the World premiere of her new romantic drama The Burning Season.

The festival will run until March 10.