7 Apr – Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee has been chosen as the latest recipient of the honorary BAFTA Fellowship in the upcoming 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).
Lee, known for award-winning movies like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Life of Pi" and "Brokeback Mountain", will be the first Chinese director to receive the said award.
BAFTA Film Chair Marc Samuelson said, "Ang Lee is a master of his craft. He is an incredibly versatile, daring and exceptional filmmaker who effortlessly moves between genres. His films have been truly ground-breaking both in terms of their technical expertise and for the subject matters he tackles."
"His pioneering work in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Brokeback Mountain" and "Life of Pi" and so many other titles not only showcase his technical ability and deep understanding of the filmmaking process, but also his ability to infuse every story – no matter how epic or simple – with humanising characters we can all relate to on an emotional level through his exceptional work. We are thrilled to present him with BAFTA's highest honour," he added.
Speaking about the honour, Lee stated that England has been particularly good to him in his career.
"Especially with "Sense and Sensibility", which was like a second film school for me. It's a tremendous honour to receive the BAFTA Academy Fellowship and be counted among such brilliant filmmakers," he added.
The director will be presented with the said accolade during the awards ceremony on 11 April.
Recent recipients include Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jon Snow, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Hideo Kojima, and Sir Ridley Scott.