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LONDON — British director Stephen Daldry, who is best known for “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Billy Elliot,” will receive the Excellence in Directing Award at the Camerimage film festival.

The award recognizes “exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills, and passion for their craft.”

After working in the theater, Daldry made his feature film debut with “Billy Elliot,” which earned him his first Academy Award nomination in the director category. Two more Oscar nominations came for his subsequent films “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making Daldry the only film director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.

The festival said in a statement: “Daldry is a brilliant director with great emotional sensibility and attention to detail, which makes his cinematic tales of unique individuals, struggling with various forces, all the more compelling.”

Daldry’s latest film “Trash,” which focuses on three Brazilian boys who risk their lives to fight a corrupt system, will play in Camerimage’s main competition section.