The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honour Sir Ridley Scott with the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 18 February. I’m also proud to announce that for the first time I will actually be in the audience that night watching Sir Ridley Scott pick up that award and I’m VERY excited.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. Mel Brooks received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Sir Ridley Scott said: “It is a privilege to have been able to make a career for myself in this industry and to be honoured for my body of work is indeed very gratifying.”
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema. His passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have provided cinema goers with a tantalising range of films, including Alien, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise and Blade Runner. 40 years since his directorial debut, his films continue to cross the boundaries of style and genre, engaging audiences and inspiring the next generation of film talent.”
Congratulations Ridley! There is still time to vote on EE’s young rising star award. You can vote for this years winner by visiting ee.co.uk/BAFTA
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