Famed director Ridley Scott has been named next year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America. He will be the thirty-fifth visionary to receive this top honor, chosen by both present and past presidents of the guild. The award will be presented to Scott on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the 69th Annual DGA Awards.
Scott first broke onto the scene with 1979’s Alien, which he has followed up with critically acclaimed films like Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and last year’s The Martian. He’s a four-time nominee (though never winner, at least not yet) of both the DGA Awards and the Academy Awards. For the former, he was nominated for Outstanding Directing for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and The Martian. For the latter, he received the same first three nominations as the DGA Awards and The Martian earned a Best Picture nod earlier this year.
DGA President Paris Barclay praised Scott in a statement announcing the Guild’s pick: “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.”
Scott will join the likes of fellow directors 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).
Currently, Scott is in post-production on Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, and will next direct the Western Wraiths of the Broken Land.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor