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Steve McQueen to receive John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing

16 August 2018

Steve McQueen©2018 Twentieth Century FoxWe are pleased to announce that Steve McQueen will receive The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the 2018 British Academy Britannia Awards.

The award will be presented by Academy, Emmy, Tony and BAFTA-winning actress Viola Davis.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  

Steve’s ground-breaking work continues to shape the trajectory of film, tackling socially relevant content in ways that have profoundly moved audiences and changed the conversation,” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Kieran Breen. “We could not think of a more deserving recipient of this year’s John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing and are looking forward to honoring Steve.”

The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing is presented to deeply respected, distinctive directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession. Past recipients have included Ava DuVernay, Ang Lee, Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

The British Academy Britannia Awards is BAFTA’s biggest event outside of the U.K., where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in Los Angeles in celebration of exceptional members of the creative community who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond.