Ang Lee to Be Awarded BAFTA Fellowship

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The groundbreaking BAFTA- and Oscar-winning filmmaker will receive the British Academy's top honor at the upcoming film awards.

Ang Lee is to be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, the British Academy's highest honor.

The pioneering auteur — a multiple BAFTA winner and known for films such as The Wedding Banquet, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi — will be bestowed wit the accolade at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, April 11.

"England has been particularly good to me in my career, especially with Sense and Sensibility, which was like a second film school for me," said Lee. "It's a tremendous honour to receive the BAFTA Academy Fellowship and be counted among such brilliant filmmakers."

Lee joins a filmmaking who's who of fellow Fellowship honourees, including 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, Sidney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Sir Ridley Scott and Thelma Schoonmaker. Kathleen Kennedy received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

"Ang Lee is a master of his craft. He is an incredibly versatile, daring and exceptional filmmaker who effortlessly moves between genres," said Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA's film committee.

"His films have been truly ground-breaking both in terms of their technical expertise and for the subject matters he tackles. His pioneering work in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi and so many other titles not only showcase his technical ability and deep understanding of the filmmaking process, but also his ability to infuse every story – no matter how epic or simple – with humanizing characters we can all relate to on an emotional level through his exceptional work."

This year, the BAFTA film awards will be held across the weekend of 10 and 11 April, with two shows broadcast virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall.