Ridley Scott is set to receive the Directors Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction, putting the Alien director in elite company with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese.
The four-time Oscar nominee will be presented with the award at the 69th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 4, making him only the 35th person to be bestowed the honor in the organization’s 80-year history — and the first since Milos Forman in 2013.
“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,” said DGA president Paris Barclay in a statement. “Stunning visuals, immersive worlds and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work which ranges from Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise to Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and, most recently, The Martian. Over the course of four decades, his trailblazing career has demonstrated the impact and importance of the director’s singular vision. For these reasons, and so many more, we are honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award in feature film to Ridley Scott.”
This is just the latest recognition for Scott, who was recently honored at the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards for his contribution to the Art of Moving Picture.
Scott’s breakout film was the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, a universe that the director will be returning to for his next project, Alien: Covenant, which stars Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston, and will be released on May 19.