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BAFTA Fellowship

BAFTA Fellowship
Awarded for In recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
First awarded 1971
Official website Website

The BAFTA Fellowship, or the Academy Fellowship, is a lifetime achievement award[1] presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 1971 "in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image", and is the highest honour the Academy can bestow.[2][3][4] Fellowship recipients have been mainly film directors, but some have also been awarded to actors, film and television producers, cinematographers, film editors, screenwriters and (since 2007) to contributors to the video game industry. People from the United Kingdom dominate the list, but it includes over a dozen U.S. citizens and several from other countries in Europe, though none of the latter have been recognized since 1996. Shigeru Miyamoto, in 2010, became the first citizen of an Asian country to receive the award.

The inaugural recipient of the award was film-maker and producer Alfred Hitchcock. Twice the award has been made posthumously: to comedy pair Morecambe and Wise, recipients in 1999, and to Stanley Kubrick, who died that same year and was made a fellow in 2000.[5][6] The most recent recipient was British journalist and television presenter Jon Snow in 2015.[7]

Fellowship Awards

Year Country of citizenship Fellow Notes Ref(s)
1971  United Kingdom Alfred Hitchcock in 1956 Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock Filmmaker and producer [8]
1972  United Kingdom
Young, FreddieFreddie Young Cinematographer [9]
1973  United Kingdom
Goldie, Grace WyndhamGrace Wyndham Goldie Television producer [9]
1974  United Kingdom
Lean, DavidDavid Lean Filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and editor [10]
1975  France Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1976 Cousteau, JacquesJacques Cousteau Naval officer, explorer, ecologist and filmmaker [9]
1976  United Kingdom Charlie Chaplin, wearing a bowler hat Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin Filmmaker, actor, writer, director, producer, composer and editor [8]
1976  United Kingdom Laurence Olivier, facing to the right Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier Actor, director and producer [8]
1977  United Kingdom
Forman, DenisDenis Forman Director and then Chair of the British Film Institute and Granada Television [9]
1978  United States
Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann Film producer [9]
1979  United Kingdom
Grade, LewLew Grade Media proprietor [11]
1979  United Kingdom
Wheldon, HuwHuw Wheldon Broadcaster and executive [9]
1980  United Kingdom David Attenborough at the launch of Arkive Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough Broadcaster and naturalist [12]
1980  United States Huston, JohnJohn Huston Actor, filmmaker and screenwriter [9]
1981  France Abel Gance by the Studio Harcourt Gance, AbelAbel Gance Film director and producer [9]
1981  United Kingdom
Powell, MichaelMichael Powell Film director and member of Powell and Pressburger [13]
1981  United Kingdom
Pressburger, EmericEmeric Pressburger Screenwriter, film director, producer and member of Powell and Pressburger [13]
1982  Poland Andrzej Wajda, Warsaw (Poland), April 2008 Wajda, AndrzejAndrzej Wajda Film director [9]
1983  United Kingdom Richard Attenborough Attenborough, RichardRichard Attenborough Actor, film director and producer [14]
1984  United Kingdom
Greene, HughHugh Greene Journalist and television executive [9]
1984  Austria
Spiegel, SamSam Spiegel Film producer [9]
1985  United Kingdom
Isaacs, JeremyJeremy Isaacs Television producer and executive [9]
1986  United States Spielberg in 1999 Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Film director, screenwriter and film producer [8]
1987  Italy Federico Fellini Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Film director [10]
1988  Sweden Ingmar Bergman examining a negative Bergman, IngmarIngmar Bergman Film director, writer and producer [10]
1989  United Kingdom Alec Guinness in 1973 Guinness, AlecAlec Guinness Actor [9]
1990  United Kingdom
Fox, PaulPaul Fox Television executive [9]
1991  France
Malle, LouisLouis Malle Film director [9]
1992  United Kingdom John Gielgud Gielgud, JohnJohn Gielgud Actor [15]
1992  United Kingdom
Plowright, DavidDavid Plowright Television executive and producer [16]
1993  United Kingdom
Samuelson, SydneySydney Samuelson First British Film Commissioner [17]
1993  United States
Young, ColinColin Young First director of the National Film and Television School [9][18]
1994  United Kingdom
Grade, MichaelMichael Grade Broadcast executive [9]
1995  United States Billy Wilder (right) with Gloria Swanson, circa 1950 Wilder, BillyBilly Wilder Journalist, filmmaker, screenwriter and producer [10]
1996  France Jeanne Moreau in front of a red background, waving Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau Actress, screenwriter, director [19]
1996  United Kingdom Neame and Judy Garland on the set of I Could Go On Singing Neame, RonaldRonald Neame Cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director [9]
1996  United Kingdom
Schlesinger, JohnJohn Schlesinger Film and stage director [9]
1996  United Kingdom Maggie Smith Smith, MaggieMaggie Smith Film, stage and television actress [9]
1997  United States Woody Allen Allen, WoodyWoody Allen Film director, screenwriter, actor and playwright [10]
1997  United States Steven Bochco and wife Barbara Bosson on the red carpet at the Emmys in 1994 Bochco, StevenSteven Bochco Television producer and writer [20]
1997  United Kingdom Julie Christie at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 1997 Christie, JulieJulie Christie Actress [9]
1997  United States
Morris, OswaldOswald Morris Cinematographer [9]
1997  United Kingdom
Pinter, HaroldHarold Pinter Playwright, screenwriter, actor and director [21]
1997  United States David Rose (third left) at the AFRS Radio Show Rose, DavidDavid Rose Songwriter, composer and arranger [9]
1998  United Kingdom Sean Connery, 1999 Connery, SeanSean Connery Actor [22]
1998  United Kingdom
Cotton, BillBill Cotton Television producer and executive [23]
1999  United Kingdom
Morecambe, EricEric Morecambe Television and stage actor, and member of Morecambe and Wise [24]
1999  United Kingdom
Wise, ErnieErnie Wise Television and stage actor, and member of Morecambe and Wise [24]
1999  United Kingdom Taylor photographed for Argentinean Magazine in 1947 Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Actress [8]
2000  United Kingdom Michael Caine Caine, MichaelMichael Caine Actor [5]
2000  United States Self-taken photograph of Stanley Kubrick Kubrick, StanleyStanley Kubrick Filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and photographer [5]
2000  United Kingdom Peter Bazalgette Bazalgette, PeterPeter Bazalgette Media expert [25]
2001  United Kingdom
Finney, AlbertAlbert Finney Actor [26]
2001  United Kingdom
Thaw, JohnJohn Thaw Actor [27]
2001  United Kingdom Judi Dench at the BAFTAs in 2007 Dench, JudiJudi Dench Actress [28]
2002  United States Warren Beatty at the Academy Awards Beatty, WarrenWarren Beatty Actor, producer, screenwriter and director [29]
Merchant Ivory Productions Film company founded by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant [30]
2002  United Kingdom
Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Author and screenwriter [8]
2002  United Kingdom
Mills, JohnJohn Mills Actor [31]
2003  United States
Zaentz, SaulSaul Zaentz Film producer [32]
2003  United Kingdom
Jason, DavidDavid Jason Actor [33]
2004  United Kingdom John Boorman Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman Filmmaker [34]
2004  United States
Graef, RogerRoger Graef Criminologist and filmmaker [35]
2005  United Kingdom Barry, JohnJohn Barry Composer [36]
2005  United Kingdom David Frost Frost, DavidDavid Frost Writer, journalist and television presenter [8]
2006  United Kingdom David Puttnam Puttnam, DavidDavid Puttnam Film producer [37]
2006  United Kingdom Ken Loach Loach, KenKen Loach Film and television director [38]
2007  United Kingdom
Coates, Anne V.Anne V. Coates Film editor [39]
2007  United Kingdom Richard Curtis Curtis, RichardRichard Curtis Screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director [8]
2007  United States Will Wright speaking at South by Southwest Wright, WillWill Wright Video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis [40]
2008  United Kingdom Hopkins at the Tuscan Sun Festival, Cortona, 2009 Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins Film, stage and television actor [8]
2008  United Kingdom Bruce Forsyth in a tuxedo Forsyth, BruceBruce Forsyth Television entertainer [41]
2009  United Kingdom Dawn French French, DawnDawn French Actress, writer, comedienne, member of French & Saunders [8]
2009  United Kingdom Jennifer Saunders Saunders, JenniferJennifer Saunders Actress, screenwriter, comedienne, member of French & Saunders [8]
2009  United Kingdom Gilliam at the 36th Deauville American Films Festival Gilliam, TerryTerry Gilliam Writer, filmmaker, animator and member of Monty Python [42]
2009  United States Nolan Bushnell speaking in a coffee shop Bushnell, NolanNolan Bushnell Engineer, founder of Atari Inc. [43]
2010  United Kingdom At the Redgrave, VanessaVanessa Redgrave Actress [44]
2010  Japan Shigeru Miyamoto at the GDC 2007 Miyamoto, ShigeruShigeru Miyamoto Nintendo video game designer, created the Mario and The Legend of Zelda series. [45]
2010  United Kingdom Melvyn Bragg speaking at the LSE. Bragg, MelvynMelvyn Bragg Author and broadcaster [46]
2011  United Kingdom Lee in 2009 Lee, ChristopherChristopher Lee Actor and musician [1][47]
2011  United Kingdom Molyneux, PeterPeter Molyneux Game designer [48]
2011  United Kingdom
McDonald, TrevorTrevor McDonald TV newsreader and presenter [49]
2012  United States Scorsese in 2007 Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese Film director and producer [50]
2012  Australia Harris in 2010 Rolf Harris Artist, musician and television presenter. Harris's Fellowship was annulled on 30 June 2014 following his criminal conviction. [51][52]
2013  United Kingdom Parker in London in 2012 Parker, AlanAlan Parker Film director and screenwriter [53]
2013  United States Gabe Newell at Game Developer Conference in 2010 Newell, GabeGabe Newell Valve video game developer and CEO [54]
2013  United Kingdom Palin in a suit Palin, MichaelMichael Palin Comedian, actor, writer, television presenter and member of Monty Python [55]
2014  United Kingdom Helen Mirren Mirren, HelenHelen Mirren Actress [56]
2014  United Kingdom
 United States
Rockstar Games Games, RockstarRockstar Games Video game developer and publisher, created the Grand Theft Auto series
(accepted by Dan Houser, Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut)
2014  United Kingdom alt-Julie Walters Walters, JulieJulie Walters Actress [58]
2015  United Kingdom alt-Mike Leigh Leigh, MikeMike Leigh Writer, director [59]
2015  United Kingdom David Braben Braben, DavidDavid Braben Video game designer, programmer [60]
2015  United Kingdom Jon Snow Snow, JonJon Snow Journalist, television presenter [7]


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External links

  • BAFTA official site
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