Mel Brooks may need to buy another mantle with Wednesday’s news that he is to be the first EGOT champ to receive a tribute from the BAFTAs. Brooks will be presented with the Fellowship prize at this Sunday’s film awards. Prince William, the patron of the British academy, will bestow the honor on this mirth maker.
The presentation usually comes at the end of the evening and expect Brooks to make merry with his acceptance speech. Indeed, in the press release touting the honor, he wryly noted, “I am not overwhelmed, but I am definitely whelmed by this singular honor. To be included among such iconic talents is absolutely humbling. In choosing me for the 2017 Fellowship I think that BAFTA has made a strangely surprising yet ultimately wise decision.”
Brooks contended for the Best Screenplay at the BAFTAs in 1974 for “Blazing Saddles” but lost to Robert Towne (“The Last Detail”). In 1981, the Brooksfilms production of “The Elephant Man” won BAFTAs for Best Picture, Actor (John Hurt) and Production Design.
Brooks won the Emmy — for co-writing the “Your Show of Shows” reunion special — in 1967 and the Oscar the following year for his original script of “The Producers.” Three decades later, he and Carl Reiner won the spoken comedy album Grammy for “The 2000 Year Old Man in the Year 2000.” And he celebrated the first year of the new millennium with a legit version of “The Producers” which won a record-breaking 12 Tonys, including awards for Brooks for book and score.
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