Björn at the National Movie Awards
"This is very emotional for me, getting this fantastic prize from an Australian lady, here in the UK. The two countries, I think, more than any other countries have taken ABBA to their hearts. And it all happened in another century!
It all began in a town on the south coast of England with the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, 1974. And here I am now because the songs that Benny Andersson and I wrote have mysteriously, miraculously and marvelously survived to this day.
I really want to take this opportunity to thank you people out there, who generation after generation have carried these songs forward and kept them alive. And also, of course, I want to thank all the movie goers for taking the trouble to vote, and to vote for Mamma Mia!.
You know, I have always been surrounded by strong women. It’s been my good fortune! And lately, by ladies like Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski to name but a few – but you know what I’m talking about! And for the past ten years it’s been my pleasure to work with three ladies who are the real ‘Dynamos’, the force behind Mamma Mia! the show as well as Mamma Mia! the movie, and this award is really theirs…Phyllida Lloyd, Director, Judy Craymer, Producer and Catherine Johnson, Writer.
This award is really theirs."
Photos by Flynet Pictures.