Danny Boyle set for British Film Institute award

Oscar winner to receive organization's highest accolade

LONDON -- Oscar winner Danny Boyle is guaranteed at least one more trophy for his shelf as the British Film Institute is presenting the filmmaker with a BFI Fellowship next month.

He will receive the organization's highest accolade Oct. 27 during the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony, organizers said Wednesday. The honor is given to individuals whose body of work has made an outstanding contribution to film culture.

The festival runs Oct. 13-28.

Boyle also is on the shortlist for the evening's best film award with "127 Hours," the closing-night gala pick, which is in competition with 10 other titles picked from this year's lineup including Mike Leigh's "Another Year," Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech."

The best film award was introduced by organizers last year to celebrate original, inventive and distinctive filmmaking programmed in the festival.

Standing in judgment is a jury chaired by Patricia Clarkson that includes Gabriel Byrne, Sandy Powell and Shekhar Kapur.

Last year's winner was Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet."

Other awards to be dished out during the ceremony include a nod for best British newcomer; the Sutherland Award, presented to the director of the festival's most original and imaginative feature debut; and the Grierson documentary feature award.

The best British newcomer will emerge from among writers, directors, producers and actors including Conor McCarron for his turn in "Neds" and Richard Ayoade, the writer-director of "Submarine."

The second annual ceremony airs Nov. 7 on BSkyB's Sky Arts 2 HD.

This year's best film shortlist:

"127 Hours," Danny Boyle
"Another Year," Mike Leigh
"Archipelago," Joanna Hogg
"Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky
"How I Ended This Summer," Alexei Popogrebsky
"The King's Speech," Tom Hooper
"Meek's Cut Off," Kelly Reichardt
"Never Let Me Go," Mark Romanek
"Of Gods and Men," Xavier Beauvois
"The Sleeping Beauty," Catherine Breillat
"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" Apitchatpong Weerasethakul
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