BAFTA, IFC to honor Monty Python team

New York City event to celebrate 40th anniversary

LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday it will slap a special award on the Monty Python team "to honor their outstanding contribution to film and television" at the upcoming official 40th Anniversary Monty Python Reunion Event in October in New York City.

The one-off award will be presented at an event co-hosted by BAFTA and IFC (Independent Film Channel) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of Monty Python. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin are expected to show.

It is not the first time the Pythons have been honored by the British Academy, which presented them with a Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema back in 1987.

BAFTA chairman David Parfitt said: "It promises to be a rare and memorable occasion bringing the hugely talented Monty Python team together again, and we feel that the Special Award is a fitting tribute to this much-loved and singularly British institution. I would like to thank in particular our colleagues at BAFTA East Coast for inspiring the event and our co-hosts, IFC."

The NYC event, complete with BAFTA nod and a screening of the IFC documentary "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)," is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2009.