Director Ridley Scott will be presented with the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship honor at the Film Awards in February (18).
The Gladiator filmmaker has been selected as the 2018 Fellowship recipient by officials at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.
“It is a privilege to have been able to make a career for myself in this industry and to be honored for my body of work is indeed very gratifying,” Scott said in a statement.
“Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema,” Amanda Berry, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added. “His passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have provided cinema goers with a tantalizing 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.”
The director follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honorees, which include Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. Mel Brooks received the honor last year.
Scott will be presented with the accolade during BAFTA’s annual Film Awards on 18 February at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which will be presented by Joanna Lumley.
The following day, he will take part in the BAFTA A Life in Pictures career retrospective at BAFTA’s London headquarters, where he will be interviewed onstage about his work.