LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to present the 175-year-old costume company Angels Costumes with its annual award for outstanding British contribution to cinema at BAFTA’s film awards ceremony on Feb. 14.
The award is presented in honor of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter franchise and former Film4 boss Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was BBC Films.
Angels, which was established in 1840, is a seventh-generation family business. Today it is led by chairman Tim Angel, who has also served as chairman of BAFTA and as a governor of the British Film Institute.
Angels has a collection that spans eight miles of hanging rails, and is made up of more than 1 million items of clothing. Angels supplied costumes to several films nominated at this year’s BAFTA film awards, including “Cinderella,” “The Danish Girl,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Lady in the Van.”
Angels has worked with some of the cinema’s leading lights, including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Michael Balcon, Richard Attenborough, Alan Parker, Anthony Minghella, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, as well as across genres and franchises, from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the “Carry On” films, Bond, “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Harry Potter.”
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Angels has worked on numerous productions that have won a BAFTA or Oscar for best costume, including: “Gigi” (1958), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), “Star Wars” (1977), “Chariots of Fire” (1981), “The Last Emperor” (1987), “The English Patient” (1996), “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), “Alice in Wonderland” (2011), “Anna Karenina” (2012) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2015).
Angel commented: “I am delighted that Angels’ contribution to film has been recognized by BAFTA, not just for the Angel family, but also for the incredibly talented people that have worked for the company over the years. To have been at the heart of the British and international film industry from the very start is an incredible achievement, and we are all honored to play a role in its continued growth.”
Pippa Harris, chair of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “It’s extraordinary to think that the company has been in existence longer than BAFTA or indeed cinema itself. It remains at the very heart of our industry.”