BAFTA to Honor 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' Editor Terry Rawlings

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The veteran, who has worked with the likes of Ridley Scott and David Fincher, will get a special tribute in London in December

U.K. film and sound editor Terry Rawlings will get a special BAFTA tribute in honor of his 50-year career in the industry.

In an announcement made Tuesday, the organization said that "A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings" would take place in London on Dec. 7, looking back at Rawlings' work on such films as Alien, Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire.

BAFTA’s fiilm committee chair, Nik Powell, said that it was difficult to think of another editor with such achievements across such a range of titles.

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"For more than half a century, his work has been admired by all – not least the huge audiences who have, maybe unknowingly, experienced his influence on films like The L Shaped Room, Women in Love and Bedazzled in the 1960s, The Duellists, The Great Gatsby and The Devils in the 1970s, through to classics such as Watership Down, Alien, Chariots of Fire, Yentl, Blade Runner and Goldeneye," he said.

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He added: "Across his varied career in sound and picture editing, Terry has worked with directors from Karel Reisz and Ken Russell to Ridley Scott and David Fincher."

Rawlings began his career as a dubbing assistant before working as a sound, dubbing and music editor during the 1960s and early 1970s and later moving to become a picture editor. It was in this role that he earned his biggest accolades, picking up an Oscar nomination for 1981’s Chariots of Fire and five BAFTA nominations for Alien and Blade Runner.