The BAFTA Fellowship is the highest honor handed out by the organization and goes to an individual “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.” Oscar-nominated Midnight Express director Sir Alan Parker will receive the kudo at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on February 10. Parker’s movies have received 19 BAFTAs, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars over a career that spans nearly 40 years. His first feature as writer and director was 1975’s Bugsy Malone and subsequent films include The Commitments, Shoot The Moon, Pink Floyd The Wall, Fame, Mississippi Burning, Evita and The Life Of David Gale. Parker is a onetime chairman of the Board of Governors of the BFI, founding chairman of the UK Film Council and is a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He said of the honor, “When you make your first film, you’re sure it will be your last. And then you squeeze your eyes together and suddenly, forty years later, you’re at BAFTA getting an award like this. I’m of course enormously flattered and honoured.” Martin Scorsese was last year’s recipient.
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