Reigate Film Editor Honoured

13 November 2016, 09:31 | Updated: 13 November 2016, 09:34

A film editor from Reigate, whose career has spanned more than 60 years, has been awarded an honorary Oscar

Anne V Coates, 90, won an actual Oscar for her in 1963 for her work on Lawrence of Arabia.

She earned four more Academy Award nominations for her editing on the films Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

She also worked on Murder On The Orient Express, Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, Erin Brockovich and Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Australian star Nicole Kidman led the tributes at the Governors' Awards in Los Angeles. She said: "Anne V Coates is not a great female editor, she is a great, great editor.

"She's not trailblazer for women, she's a trailblazer for all of us. Anne has left her mark on some of the greatest films of all time.''

Anne was handed her honorary Oscar by Richard Gere, whose 2002 film Unfaithful she edited. He described her as "one of the great giants of our industry''.

He said "The greatest of the great, great, great film editors."

Accepting her award, Mrs Coates, from Reigate, said: "Can you imagine a job where you're actually paid to look into the eyes of George Clooney, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Peter Finch, Sean Connery, Albert Finney, Clint Eastwood, Richard Gere, Daniel Craig, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fifty Shades Of Grey himself Jamie Dornan?

"Looking back I wouldn't change a thing. But of all those I still have to say my three greatest productions are my three wonderful and talented children.

"Thank you once for this very special award. I have to say I never suspected I'd be holding one of these in my hand again.''