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Anthony Minghella, who won an Oscar for directing the film The English Patient, is to be made an Honorary Freeman of the Isle of Wight at a ceremony next week.

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Isle of Wight honours Minghella

The Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella (left), is to become the first freeman of his native Isle of Wight. Local councillors plan to create the honour in return for his work on The English Patient, his latest film, which won nine Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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