Ridley Scott to Receive BAFTA Fellowship

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Ridley Scott

The acclaimed director behind 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Gladiator' will receive the honor at the upcoming BAFTA awards.

The British Academy is set to honor one of the U.K.'s most successful filmmakers.

Ridley Scott will be presented with the BAFTA Fellowship, its highest accolade, at the upcoming BAFTA awards ceremony Feb. 18. 

Scott, a cinematic icon who across a 40-year career has helped spawn genres, franchises and blockbusters with films such as Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner, joins a lineup of honorees, including the likes of 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 and Sidney Poitier. Mel Brooks received the Fellowship at last year’s awards ceremony.

"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," said Scott, whose most recent film as director, All the Money in the World, has earned Oscar and BAFTA best supporting actor nominations for Christopher Plummer.

"Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema," said BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry. "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. Forty 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."

Following the honor, Scott will discuss his craft and career at a special event at BAFTA's London headquarters Feb. 19.

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