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Martin Scorsese Gets BAFTA Fellowship

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2012 at 11:56AM

As the Oscar campaign for "Hugo" gains steam, every bit of attention and support makes a difference. Thus it's good news that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is giving Martin Scorsese its annual BAFTA fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, at London’s Royal Opera House, on Sunday February 12.
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Martin Scorsese
Paramount Pictures Martin Scorsese in "Hugo"

As the Oscar campaign for "Hugo" gains steam, every bit of attention and support makes a difference. Thus it's good news that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is giving Martin Scorsese its annual BAFTA fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, at London’s Royal Opera House, on Sunday February 12.

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, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Christopher Lee received the Fellowship at the Film Awards last February.

Martin Scorsese said: “It is a great honour to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.”

Scorsese's films include "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Casino," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "The Departed," and have earned nine BAFTA nominations; "Goodfellas" won three. Scorsese has also filmed the documentaries "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," "Shine a Light" and "George Harrison: Living in the Material World."

In December 2010, Scorsese was the subject of "BAFTA A Life in Pictures": The video is available to view.

The nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards will be announced on Tuesday January 17. The February 12 ceremony, broadcast by the BBC, will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.