Steve McQueen, Olivia Newton-John, Sam Mendes And More Honored in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s List

That’s Sir Steve, Sir Sam and Dame Olivia, if you please.Director Sam Mendes, whose World War I film “1917” is causing serious Oscar buzz, is being awarded a knighthood in the latest round of honors handed out by Queen Elizabeth II.

Mendes is being recognized for “services to drama” in the annual New Year’s Honors List.The knighthood means that Mendes should formally be addressed as “Sir Sam,” following the feudal protocol that still remains part of British pomp and pageantry.Mendes won an Academy Award in 2000 for his direction of “American Beauty.” More recently, he helmed the two recent James Bond outings “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” both of which were blockbusters at the global box office.Mendes is also an accomplished theater director.

“The Lehman Trilogy” and “The Ferryman” both transferred from London to New York.Singer Olivia Newton-John was awarded a damehood, the equivalent of a knighthood for women,

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