Call him Sir Kenneth Branagh, if you please. The British actor/director was knighted during Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday honors, announced by Britain's Cabinet Office on Saturday.
Branagh said the award was very special to him. "I feel very humble about it, I feel elated about it," he told the BBC.
In other honors, Oscar winner Kate Winslet was made a CBE, or Commander of the British Empire.
"Extra" takes a closer look at this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow.
Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the fantastical comic-book flick "Thor," the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed," the family wedding comedy "Jumping the Broom" and the quirky life dramedy "The Beaver," starring Mel Gibson.
"Thor," the latest Marvel comic book adaptation follows the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who is stripped of his superpowers and cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard to live on Earth. Once there, he warms up to his new environs and soon becomes the humans' defender when angry gods come calling.
The fantastical actioner is directed by Kenneth Branagh and also stars Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Watch the trailer!
"Thor" slams into theaters May 11, 2011