DGA Awards: Ridley Scott will receive Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017

The Directors Guild of America announced on Tuesday, November 29, that legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 69th Annual DGA Awards being held on Febaury 4, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Said DGA president Paris Barclay in a statement, “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. 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.’ 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.”

The DGA has been around for 80 years but has only presented the Lifetime Achievement Award 34 times. Decided by current and former presidents of the guild, past winners have included some of the most celebrated directors in the medium, including Cecil B. DeMille (1953), Frank Capra (1959), Alfred Hitchcock (1968), Orson Welles (1984), Billy Wilder (1985), Steven Spielberg (2000), Martin Scorsese (2003) and Milos Forman (2013).

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Scott is one of the most successful filmmakers in the world, but despite an extensive resume of popular and prestige films he has never won an Oscar. To date he has been nominated four times: Best Director for “Thelma & Louise” (1991), “Gladiator” (2000) and “Black Hawk Down” (2001) and Best Picture for “The Martian” (2015).

His next film as a director is “Alien: Covenant,” a followup to his 2012 film “Prometheus.” It’s scheduled to open in May 2017. Next year he’s also producing “Blake Runner 2049,” a sequel to his classic 1982 sci-fi film, as well as “Murder on the Orient Express,” Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel.

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