BAFTA to fete Martin Scorsese

Helmer to receive academy fellowship on Feb. 12

Martin Scorsese will be honored with a BAFTA fellowship at the org’s film awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 12.

The fellowship, awarded annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Scorsese will be honored for his celebrated career spanning six decades, in which he helmed works such as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and 3D pic “Hugo.”

He has been nominated for a BAFTA nine times, garnering three wins in 1991 for “Goodfellas.”

“Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over,” said BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie. “We are delighted to honor his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him in London.”

Christopher Lee received the fellowship last year.

BAFTA’s film nominations will be announced Jan. 17.

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