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BAFTA & BFI pay starry tribute to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen, BAFTA tribute

Story by Jack Foley

ON SATURDAY, June 26, a BAFTA and BFI tribute to Ray Harryhausen took place at BFI Southbank, celebrating his 90th birthday.

The happy but emotional evening was hosted by director John Landis and included a surprise guest appearance from Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson, who was on hand to present the BAFTA Special Award to Ray.

Special video messages from James Cameron, Tim Burton, Ray Bradbury, George Lucas, Steven Speilberg, Guillermo Del Toro and Aardman animations were also played during the ceremony, in recognition of Ray’s pioneering work in the effects industry.

During his career, Ray was responsible for the extraordinary creatures and fantasies in such cult classics as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and Clash of the Titans (1981).

Indeed, today’s modern fantasy filmmakers – including Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, John Landis and James Cameron – credit one of the major influences in their work and careers to the work of Ray Harryhausen.

The tribute will be complemented by a season of selected works at BFI Southbank, including Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts, as well as a talk on Ray’s work from friend and film historian, Tony Dalton. To find out more, please visit www.bfi.org.uk

In addition, the London Film Museum is hosting an exhibition on the work of Ray Harryhausen, featuring original models from many of his films, including The Medusa from Clash of the Titans.

Further information on Ray Harryhausen – Myths and Legends can be found HERE

View photos from the BAFTA tribute evening