Ridley Scott will be honored with DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction.
The top honor given by the Director’s Guild of America, the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be presented to Ridley Scott at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on February 4, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“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,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “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 Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by the present and past presidents of the guild. In the Guild’s 80-year history, just 34 directors have been recognized with this honor including: Cecil B. DeMille (1953), Frank Capra (1959), Alfred Hitchcock (1968), Orson Welles (1984), Billy Wilder (1985), Steven Spielberg (2000), Martin Scorsese (2003), and most recently Miloš Forman (2013).
Ridley Scott was honored with DGA and Academy Award Best Director nominations for his work on Black Hawk Down (2001), Gladiator (2000) and Thelma & Louise (1991). He also received a DGA Award nomination for his most recent film, The Martian (2015).