The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) honoured Saturday Night Live this evening with a Special Award to celebrate its influence on television comedy in the UK and around the world. Attendees included Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson, Sir Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg. Select guests were also chauffeured to the event in Cadillac vehicles.
BAFTA presented the award at a private event, in partnership with Cadillac, to Saturday Night Live’s creator and producer Lorne Michaels.
Sir Patrick Stewart said: “It is my absolute pleasure to present this Special Award, celebrating the exceptional achievements of Saturday Night Live. A series that has discovered, nurtured and celebrated generations of comedy talent. So many British shows have been inspired by you.”
Lorne Michaels said: “Thank you so much for this. I’m accepting this award on the behalf of many of the people here. I’m really honoured with this.”
Many tributes have been coming in for the US comedy series on receiving the BAFTA Special Award.
Daniel Radcliffe said: “The cast, writers and crew of Saturday Night Live make it look very easy, but there is an undercurrent of people who mount an entire show from nothing in a week, and that really has an exciting effect when you are watching.”
Tom Hiddleston said: “Saturday Night Live is an iconic show, I am a huge fan, and we all love the show here in the UK, congratulations!”
Tom Davis, actor, writer, and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2016, said: “For me, Saturday Night Live has been the biggest inspiration for my whole career. It has brought the best of sketch and satire. It’s the benchmark for everything we do in this industry.”
The event saw past and present cast and crew in attendance at DUMBO House, Soho House’s newest New York outpost located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
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