Hamish Hamilton, Director of Beyoncé Halftime Show to Receive BAFTA

Hamish Hamilton, Director of Beyoncé Halftime Show to Receive BAFTA

If you’ve read even a little of my ramblings, you know I’m an NFL fanatic.  I watch the Super Bowl alone.  I refuse to go to a party and be distracted from what the day is really about, the game.

So I didn’t see much of Beyonce’s half time show.  I had other things to do.  I saw the beginning with all the lights, (which I still think were the cause of the blackout), and glitz and skin.  It was a dramatic “hip hop” event.

I do know many who loved it.  Some were Beyonce’ fans, and some were just fans of watching a sexy woman move around on the world’s biggest stage.  And that’s what the Super Bowl halftime show is really all about.

I was in the entertainment industry for a while, and I appreciate the hard work of a dedicated director and crew to flawlessly “pull off” a show of that magnitude.  Therefore, when it was announced that Hamish Hamilton, the show’s director, was to receive an award at the “ British Academy Television Craft Awards”, I was certain he deserved the honor.

When I discovered that his TV directing résumé includes such live events as Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show performances in 2012, the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the 82nd Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards, I was humbled and impressed.

How did I not know this man’s name?  Live performances are a nightmare for entertainers and those behind the scenes.  There are no “Mulligans”.  And to consider the multi-millions who would be watching a production that he was responsibility for is mind-boggling.

The honorary nod recognizes Hamilton’s ability “to showcase unique live spectacles through multicamera-based television directing, with millions watching his work,” according to BAFTA.

Said Hamilton: “I am totally thrilled, rather surprised and a little emotional to be receiving this special award. It is great to be recognized for work that surrounds me with so many talented friends.”

Added BAFTA television committee chairman Andrew Newman: “I’m delighted that Hamish Hamilton is receiving the Special Award this year, not only because his work is watched globally by a huge audience, but because the level of true talent and quality in what he does brings large-scale events to life onscreen. His skill as a director allows people to share in the experience and feel the excitement of being part of a huge event while watching at home.”

Hamilton began his career directing children’s shows, quiz shows, and morning breakfast shows on the BBC.

He will receive the award on April 28th.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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