Curtis to be honored with BAFTA fellowship


LONDON -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present writer Richard Curtis with the Academy Fellowship, its highest accolade, at its annual awards ceremony this Sunday.

The writer behind such hugely successful British films as "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually" will be presented the award by Stephen Fry in recognition for "an outstanding body of work," the Academy said.

Well known internationally for some of the most successful U.K. boxoffice hits, Curtis' television work includes the hugely successful BBC1 comedy "The Vicar of Dibley" as well as "Blackadder" and the triple Emmy award-winning drama "Girl in the Cafe."

Previous BAFTA fellows include Ken Loach, David Frost, Albert Finney, David Jason, John Thaw, Judi Dench, Peter Bazalgette and Steven Spielberg.

"Richard Curtis is a hero for many people in the U.K. television and film sectors," said Peter Salmon, BAFTA television committee chair and BBC creative head. "He combines humanity and hard work, humor and imagination to create some of the best loved brands and programs of modern times."

The award also recognizes Curtis' role in the "Comic Relief" and "Make Poverty History" campaigns, Salmon said.

"As a writer and producer, he has harnessed the power of television for international causes that have helped shape the world we live in. Comic Relief has raised nearly £500 million ($987 million) alone and the global Make Poverty History campaign has challenged politicians and viewers alike to rethink what is possible via the media. He more than deserves the highest accolade the Academy can give.".