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British stage and screen icon Vanessa Redgrave was the recipient of the Eon Productions lifetime achievement award at the Women in TV and Film Awards, held on Friday in London.
The Oscar- and BAFTA award-winning actress — most recently seen in Foxcatcher — was handed her statue by acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and director David Hare.
Other winners included Rosamund Pike, who was awarded the MAC best performance award, recognizing outstanding achievement over the past two years. The Gone Girl star was not present, having given birth to her second child on Tuesday, but spoke via a video message recorded before she went into labor.
“When you see this I might actually be giving birth. I hope I give a decent performance in the delivery room,” she joked, adding that she was “slightly delirious” with the pregnancy. “This award makes up for all the days when you’d go home and think you should give up.”
Another winner was location manager Sue Quinn, who was praised for her work on the Tom Cruise actioner Edge of Tomorrow; among other feats, she managed to close London’s central Trafalgar Square for three hours for filming.
“As location managers, we usually look after the toilets, the trash and the tea. In this we looked after Tom, Trafalgar and tanks,” she said.
Among the presenters during the event were director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), former Bond girl Gemma Arterton, actor John Hannah and Mary Berry, star of hit BBC show The Great British Bake Off.
Full list of winners of the Women in Film and TV awards 2014:
Barclays business award – Jane Turton, md all3media
NEP Visions presenters award – Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins
Freemantle U.K. new talent award – Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture)
Panalux Craft Award – Consolata Boyle
BBC news and factual award – Sara Hardy and Blue Ryan
Film Finances project management award – Sue Quinn (Edge of Tomorrow)
Deluxe Digital cinema director award – Joanna Hogg (Exhibition)
Creative Skillset writing award – Lucy Kirkwood
Technicolor creative technology award – Kate Hopkins
Envy producer award – Katie Swinden (Luther, Peaky Blinders)
ITV Studios achievement of the year award – Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent
MAC best performance award – Rosamund Pike
Argonon contribution to the medium award – Julie Barnes (24 Hour Party People)
Eon Productions lifetime achievement award – Vanessa Redgrave
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