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Ridley Scott to Receive American Cinematheque Honor

Director-producer Ridley Scott will receive the 30th American Cinematheque award.

The presentation will take place on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

Scott received Academy Award director nominations for “Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator” and “Thelma and Louise.” Othe directing credits include “Alien,” “Black Rain,” “Blade Runner,” “The Duelists,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “G.I. Jane,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “Matchstick Men,” “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “White Squall.”

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Ridley Scott as the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture.”

“From his first feature, ‘The Duelists,’ to his most recent, ‘The Martian,’ the films of Ridley Scott have combined keenly observed humanity with dazzling state-of-the-art effects and design in a style that appeals in equal parts to the eye and to the mind.”

“He has indelibly affected our moviegoing consciousness with iconic movies such as ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Thelma and Louise,’ ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Gladiator,’ just to name a few,” Nicita added. “In a business where careers burn brightly and then flame out, the pure longevity of his permanent residence in the very top tier of directors is astonishing.”

“Adding to his luster, his production company Scott Free, formed with his brother Tony, has produced a long string of successful movie and television projects. We are thrilled to honor a true modern master.”

Scott was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee.

Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986); Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005) George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007);Samuel L. Jackson (2008); Matt Damon (2010); Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2012), Jerry Bruckheimer (2013), Matthew McConaughey (2014) and Reese Witherspoon (2015).

Scott is currently in production “Prometheus” sequel “Alien: Covenenant,” starring Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston. He will next direct Western “Wraiths of the Broken Land” for Fox.

Scott and his late brother Tony formed the commercial and advertising production company RSA in 1967. The brothers formed the film and television production company Scott Free in 1995 and have produced “In Her Shoes,” “The A-Team,” The Grey” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert ford.”

Scott executive produces “The Man in the High Castle” for Amazon and “The Good Wife,” which recently wrapped a seven-season run on CBS. He’s also been an executive producer on the company’s long-form projects: the Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth,” the A&E miniseries “The Andromeda Strain,” the TNT miniseries “The Company,” the HBO movies “RKO 281” “The Gathering Storm” and “Into the Storm” and National Geographic Channels’ “Killing Lincoln” “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus.”

In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

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