Every year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognizes the world’s most respectable talent in entertainment at the EE BAFTA Awards. On Sunday the 18th, Ridley Scott was honored with the highest accolade awarded to an individual: The BAFTA Fellowship, celebrating his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film and TV.
Upon receiving the Fellowship Award from Prince William to the sound of resounding applause, Ridley started his speech lightheartedly saying, “Big boys don’t get upset, and I’m quite upset right now. It’s been 40 years in this business and this is the first time they’ve given me anything, so I’m not going to go quietly.”
He continued his acceptance speech by putting the utmost importance on doing what you love and learning along the way, crediting his teachers for inspiring him throughout his time in art school.
“It is extraordinary what an enthusiastic teacher can do, drawing the student out, igniting independence, encouraging the design of your own future. Teaching is the most important of all professions,” he said. “Sort that out and social problems will get sorted out.”
Known for his efficiency, versatility and passion for his craft, director and producer Ridley Scott “has set up two companies, won numerous awards, been given a knighthood and made some of the most important films of the last 40 years. But he insists the best could be yet to come,” as stated by BAFTA. When asked about how he would define his career, he told them: “I’d like to have done 60 movies. I’m heading towards my 30th,” he says. “I’m a chronic worker. I love it.”
Chief Executive of BAFTA, Amanda Berry OBE, said: “Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema. His passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have provided cinema goers with a tantalising range of films, including Alien, Gladiator, Thelma and Louise and Blade Runner. Forty years since his directorial debut, his films continue to cross the boundaries of style and genre, engaging audiences and inspiring the next generation of film talent.”
Watch this interview Ridley did with BAFTA GURU below to hear his perspective on directing everything from commercials to sci-fi blockbusters.
After thanking his wife Giannina Facio, his kids and Prince William, Ridley signed off with parting words we would only expect from him: “I’m available in Autumn of 2019.”
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