The director has employed various techniques in a bid to bring his movies to life over the years, making stars appear as if they are sword fighting in mid-air in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and creating a life-like tiger for his new adventure movie Life of Pi.
And now the 58 year old will be feted for all his hard work with the Visionary Award on 5 February (13).
Executive Jeff Okun says, “(Lee) pushed the envelope of creation of visual effects for telling a story. In our generation, only Star Wars did that.”
The inaugural trophy was handed to Inception moviemaker Christopher Nolan last year (12).