The Visual Effects Society announced that director-producer Ridley Scott will receive this year’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 13th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Selected by the VES board of directors, the award recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and science of the visual effects industry. Scott’s innovative direction of films, including science fiction classics Blade Runner and Alien and the sweeping chronicle Gladiator, have had a profound impact on future generations of filmmakers.
“Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms,” said Jeffrey Okun, VES board chair. “His vision and contribution to the art is incomparable and his impact upon the visual effects and technical form is unparalleled. Ridley has given us a body of groundbreaking work to aspire to, and for this we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“The best filmmaking has always been the result of collaboration between artists, craftspeople and technicians, both in front and behind the camera,” said Ridley Scott. “Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on films that are visual at their core and thus I have always been immensely reliant on the expertise of our visual effects teams.”
Scott has received Academy Award nominations for best director for his work on Black Hawk Down, Gladiator and Thelma & Louise. All three films also earned him DGA award nominations. His most recent directorial credits include the hit Prometheus starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron and the acclaimed The Counselor, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem. Scott’s much-anticipated Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, will be released on Dec.12 from Fox. He is currently in production on The Martian with Matt Damon, set for 2015 release.