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Martin Scorsese to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Hugo, Martin Scorsese

Story by Jack Foley

MARTIN Scorsese is to be receive the British Academy Fellowship at the BAFTA Film Awards next month.

The annual award is Bafta’s highest accolade and was bestowed to actor Christopher Lee last year.

The 69-year-old film-maker, whose most recent film Hugo received a royal premiere last year, will collect the trophy at the BAFTA Awards in London on February 12.

Describing Scorsese as “a legend in his lifetime”, BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie added that the director was “a true inspiration to all young directors”.

While Scorsese himself commented: “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.”

The prolific director’s film career spans six decades, with seminal works including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Aviator and The Departed.

He has picked up nine BAFTA nominations for directing, winning in 1991 for Goodfellas, as well as a string of Oscar nods that culminated in a win for best director for 2007’s The Departed.

In 1990, he also founded The Film Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to film preservation, thereby underlining his deep-rooted, life-long love for cinema.

Scorsese will join fellow directors Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick as a recipient of the Fellowship.

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