Acclaimed director Ridley Scott will receive the Directors Guild of America's most prestigious award: the lifetime achievement award for distinguished achievement in motion picture direction.
“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world,” Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay said.
“Stunning visuals, immersive worlds, and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work, which ranges from Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise, to Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and, most recently, The Martian,” Barclay said. “Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”
Other directors who have received such honors include Cecil B. DeMille, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielber, Martin Scorsese, and Milos Forman.
Scott will receive his award on February 4 at the 69th Annual Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Currently, Scott is in post-production on Alien: Covenant and will take on Wraiths of the Broken Land next. His previous work includes Black Hawk Dawn, The Martian, Prometheus, Alien, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Matchstick Men, Hannibal, Kingdom of Heaven and The Counsellor.