Martin Scorsese to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

Director will receive British Academy's highest accolade next month

Martin Scorsese will be honoured with an Academy Fellowship at next month’s BAFTA Film Awards.

The ceremony takes place next month, and will see the veteran director honoured with the Academy’s highest accolade, 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, Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier. Last year saw Christopher Lee receive the Fellowship.

BAFTA Chairman Tim Corrie 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 February 12.”

Scorsese himself added: “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 director has been nominated by BAFTA nine times, scoring three wins in 1991 for Goodfellas, with other acclaimed works including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, Gangs Of New York and The Departed. His most recent work is the family title Hugo.

The BAFTA Film Awards 2012 take place on February 12 hosted by Stephen Fry, with the full list of nominations announced on January 17.