Steve McQueen to Receive BFI Fellowship

Steve McQueen - H 2016
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The Oscar winner will be awarded the British Film Intitute's highest honor at the upcoming London Film Festival.

Steve McQueen is to receive the BFI Fellowship, the British Film Institute's highest honor.

The Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave director will receive the award at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival

"I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago," commented McQueen, who only made his first feature, Hunger, in 2008. "To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing. I’m humbly honored."

"As winner of both the Turner Prize and the Academy Award for best director, Steve is pre-eminent in the world of film and the moving image," said Josh Berger, the BFI's new chair. "He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work, both short and long-form, has consistently explored the endurance of humanity — even when it is confronted by inhumane cruelty — with a poetry and visual style that he has made his own. We are thrilled that Steve is to become a BFI Fellow."

McQueen joins an ever-expanding list of Fellows, including recent additions Hugh Grant, Cate Blanchett and Stephen Frears.

The award will be presented at the London Film Festival's annual awards ceremony on Oct 15.