“Ang Lee is truly one of the great visionary directors of our time, with a remarkable international career that continually demonstrates bold choices and provocative perspectives,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles chairman, who made the announcement Tuesday.
Breen also praised the director, saying, “He has a special place in BAFTA’s heart” and BAFTA/LA is “looking forward to honoring his remarkable career.”
Lee has won numerous awards for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” including the directing Oscar.
The Britannia Awards is BAFTA/LA’s cross-cultural celebration of British and international talent who, through their work, have a strong connection with the British film industry. The night also celebrates the collaboration between the American and British film industries.
Past Schlesinger honorees include Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.
Lee is working on “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” which stars Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker. Newcomer Joe Alwyn will star as 19-year-old private Billy Lynn.
The film is set to hit theaters on Veterans Day.