|ANJELICA HUSTON introduced ANGELA ALLEN by saying..
In recent years the award has been presented to individuals representing areas of the film business not usually acknowledged in other awards.
This year we honour the equally important role of Script Supervisor.
|The recipient of this year's Michael Balcon award first worked as a Script Supervisor in 1949, since then she has brought her unique brilliance to bear on many many great films, including 'The Third Man', 'The African Queen', 'The Dirty Dozen', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Tea with Mussolini'.
In a glittering career that has spanned seven decades, she has become one of the most respected and sought after women in the business.
The recipient of this award is a truly remarkable woman. My dad used to tell a story about her on 'The African Queen' and how she was making script notes perched on a small craft in crocodile infested waters. An enormous hippopotamus surfaced inches away from the boat; of course she barely blinked an eye.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema goes to the marvellous Miss Angela Allen.
I have left the zimmer frame behind this evening. Actually I've loaned it to The Producers, I thought they could do with an extra one, so I'm still here. Anyway, thank you Anjel and thank you to BAFTA and all those colleagues of mine who voted that I come up here and accept the award. But in actual fact I am really accepting it on behalf of all the Script Supervisors from
the past, the great ladies that taught me and particularly David Lean's lady, called Maggie Unsworth, Elaine Shreyeck and June Randall, who has only just hung up the stopwatch.