Alien and Chariots of Fire editor receives BAFTA award.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has honoured editor Terry Rawlings with a BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to picture and sound editing.

The five-time BAFTA nominee received the award at an event in London from BAFTA-nominated sound re-recording mixer Ray Merrin, with whom he collaborated on ten films including BAFTA winners Alien, Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire.

“I can’t tell you just how thrilled I am…to receive this is just breath-taking. I’ve been so privileged, I’ve had a wonderful career and worked with some great people,”said Rawlings, who received the award to a standing ovation from the audience.

“There’s not many people who can say they spent their life doing the job that they really love. And then to get given this by BAFTA is amazing, I can’t thank them enough.”

“I had an exhilarating, informative and fantastic career working with Terry, a true master of his trade both in sound and in vision,” added Merrin.

Others who recorded tributes included: directors Ridley Scott, David Fincher and Hugh Hudson, and actress, singer and director Barbara Streisand.

Many industry figures were on hand to celebrate Rawlings 50 years in the industry, including: editor and director Stuart Baird, director of photography John Mathieson, andchair of BAFTA’s Film Committee and director of the National Film and Television School, Nik Powell.