Martin Scorsese to be awarded Bafta Fellowship

Veteran director will receive the accolade for his contribution to the history of cinema

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Director Martin Scorsese is to be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship at next month’s British Academy Film Awards.

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The Taxi Driver director will receive the gong for his outstanding contribution to film at the ceremony at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 February.

“It is a great honour to be recognised by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends,” said Scorsese.

Last year the Fellowship went to actor Christopher Lee, and previously honoured individuals include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave.

Bafta chairman Tim Corrie said: “Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over. We are delighted to honour his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him in London.”

Scorsese has long been a Bafta favourite, having notched up nine award nominations from the organisation over his six-decade career, as well as scoring three wins in 1991 for Goodfellas.

In addition to Goodfellas, Scorsese’s CV includes Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed, as well as family film Hugo and a string of music documentaries about the blues, Woodstock and George Harrison.

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The nominations for this year’s Baftas will be announced on Tuesday 17 January, and the Film Awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry.