Gilliam to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Posted by · 5:37 am · February 3rd, 2009

In one of the few good decisions BAFTA has made this year, Terry Gilliam will receive the Academy Fellowship (yes, that’s a lifetime achievement award to you and me) at Sunday’s ceremony in London. That’s a pleasantly inspired choice, if you ask me. Here’s an extract from the press release:

Awarded annually by the Academy, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick and Judi Dench. Last year’s recipient was Anthony Hopkins.

Finola Dwyer, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said:  “We’re delighted to make Terry a fellow of the Academy: he is one of the most original, imaginative and innovative directors working in the industry today.”

Terry Gilliam adds:This is a great honour for someone who needs so many other people to do his job.”

Because they’re genuinely clueless about how to stage an awards telecast, BAFTA tends to place the Fellowship award right at the end of the ceremony — you know, after Best Film has been presented and most viewers have flipped channels. I suspect they’ll make the same error this year, but stay tuned. Gilliam ought to be worth watching.

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  • 1 2-03-2009 at 12:08 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Gilliam deserves this honor and a standing ovation at the ceremony for Brazil and Time Bandits…followed by a swift kick in the balls for Tideland.

  • 2 2-03-2009 at 12:16 pm

    Rob said...

    What a great choice.

    But seriously, can we stop the BAFTA Bashing now for just a few days ?

    By all means start again if the winners are awful, but generally they are pretty decent picks.