The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will next month present director Martin Scorsese with the Academy Fellowship, its highest accolade.
The director, whose documentaries have included George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Public Speaking, A Letter to Elia and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, will receive the honor during the BAFTA awards at London’s Royal Opera House on February 12.
In a statement, BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie said: “Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over.”
The Fellowship recognizes an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, with previous recipients having included Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. Scorsese said: “It is a great honor to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.”