Al Pacino honoured with fellowship of the British Film Institute

'Godfather' star plays ageing lothario in next film 'The Humbling'

Al Pacino was made a fellow of the British Film Institute (BFI) at a star-studded ceremony in London on Wednesday evening.

The Godfather star plays an ageing actor and lothario in his next film The Humbling.

On receiving the award the BBC reports the Oscar-winner said: “People I’ve adored have received this award. I appreciate this so much. Thank you.”

Presenting the award to Pacino, BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors the world has ever seen, and a visionary director of stage and screen.

“His extraordinary body of work has made him one of the most recognisable and best-loved stars of the big screen, whose films enthral and delight audiences across the globe.”

Awarded by the BFI board of governors for outstanding achievement in film and television, previous recipients of the fellowship include Citizen Kane director Orson Welles, Ridley Scott and Danny Boyle.

Pacino has been Oscar-nominated eight times. He won the Best Actor award for Scent Of A Woman in 1993.

The Heat actor will also appear on screen in the drama Manglehorn directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express). The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month along with The Humbling which is based on the novel by Philip Roth and directed by Barrry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam).