'12 Years a Slave' Director Steve McQueen to Get European Film Academy Honor

Steve McQueen New York Film Critics Circle - H 2014
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Steve McQueen New York Film Critics Circle - H 2014

He will receive the award for European achievement in world cinema

The European Film Academy will honor Steve McQueen with its award for European Achievement in World Cinema.

The U.K. director will be celebrated for a career that began making shorts as a video artist before a hugely successful move into feature films, starting with 2008's Hunger, dramatizing the final months of hunger strike by IRA activist Bobby Sands and proving a breakout film for Michael Fassbender, and moving onto Shame, which won numerous international awards. McQueen's third film 12 Years a Slave picked up three Oscars at the last Academy Awards, including Best Film, and has to date earned more than $180 million.

McQueen will received the European Film Academy's honorary award at a ceremony to be held on Dec. 13 in Latvia, organizers said Monday.