The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced that director-producer Sir Ridley Scott will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 14th Annual VES Awards, Feb. 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Bestowed 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 groundbreaking films including science-fiction classics Blade Runner and Alien as well as Gladiator, has given rise to a new era of storytelling and had a profound impact on future generations of filmmakers.
“Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms, and a true master of his craft,” said Mike Chambers, VES board chair. “His vision and contribution to the art is incomparable and his impact upon the visual effects and technical fields is unparalleled. Ridley’s iconic films have entertained and inspired millions, and his oeuvre of groundbreaking work has been immensely influential.”
“The best filmmaking has always been the result of collaboration between artists, craftspeople and technicians, both in front and behind the camera,” said 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. To be honored by the Visual Effects Society with this lifetime achievement award is indeed extremely gratifying.”
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. In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Scott’s current release, The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastian is receiving widespread critical acclaim. His other recent directorial credits include Exodus: Gods and Kings, Prometheus and The Counselor.
In addition to his Academy Award and DGA nominations, Scott also earned a Golden Globe nomination for best director and a BAFTA nomination for best film for American Gangster. Scott also received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for best director for Gladiator, which won the Academy Award, Golden Globe®and BAFTA awards for best picture.
In 1977, Scott made his feature film directorial debut with The Duellists, for which he won the best first film award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller Alien, which catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and launched a successful franchise. In 1982, Scott directed the landmark film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford.
Scott’s additional film directing credits include Legend, Someone to Watch Over Me, Black Rain, 1492: Conquest of Paradise; White Squall, G.I. Jane, Hannibal, Body of Lies, A Good Year, Kingdom of Heaven, Matchstick Men and Robin Hood.
Ridley and his brother Tony formed commercial and advertising production company RSA in 1967. RSA creates commercials for some of the world’s biggest brands. In 1995, they formed the film and television production company Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, Scott Free produced such films as In Her Shoes, The A-Team, Cyrus, The Grey and the Academy Award-nominated The Assassination of Jesse James.