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Martin Scorsese - BAFTA Fellow in 2012

4 January 2012
Martin Scorsese

The 2012 BAFTA Film Awards Fellowship was presented to Martin Scorsese at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, on 12 February.

Martin Scorsese BAFTA FellowshipAwarded annually by the Academy, the BAFTA Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Christopher Lee received the Fellowship at the Film Awards last February.

Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, 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 on 12 February.”

"It is a great honour to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.” Martin Scorsese

With a celebrated career now spanning six decades, Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history. The acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter has been nominated by BAFTA no fewer than nine times, garnering three wins in 1991 for Goodfellas. A cinematic master, his works also include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. He has continued to delight critics and audiences alike with his most recent work, Hugo, a film that not only marks the director’s first foray into 3D but is also his first adventure film for all the family. Scorsese has also made a number of ground-breaking documentaries including celebrated music films No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Shine a Light and George Harrison: Living in the Material World.

A Life in Pictures: Martin ScorseseBAFTA/Ed MillerDemonstrating his passion for film preservation, Scorsese is the founder and chair of two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history: The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation.

In December 2010, Scorsese was the subject of a BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event, where he shared personal insights into his career and his craft and gave invaluable advice to newcomers to the industry. He also answered BAFTA's three big questions in an exclusive online interview.

Scorsese Accepting his Fellowship

Download BAFTA 2012MARTIN SCORSESEWINNER SPEECH (5 KB) , delivered at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012.

The BAFTA FellowshipBAFTA / Steve Butler The BAFTA FellowshipBAFTA / Steve Butler

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