Ridley Scott To Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award
Ridley Scott directs Harrison Ford on the set of Scott’s sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.” (Photo credit: Warner Bros.)
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced that Ridley Scott will be receiving this year’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award. Scott will receive the award during the 13th Annual VES Awards being presented February 4th, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The VES Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual with a body of work that significantly contributes to the art and /or science of the visual effects industry. The recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award are selected by the VES Board of Directors who oversee the 3,000 member organization that represents more than 30 countries representing all areas of entertainment including film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media. Scott joins past recipients including James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemickis, John Dykstra and the team of Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.
Scott was selected due to his innovative direction on groundbreaking films including science fiction classics including “Alien” and “Blade Runner” and epic classics including “Gladiator” and the upcoming “Exodus: Gods and Kings”.
“Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Board Chair during the announcement of this year’s recipient. “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.”
Scott began his career in 1967 through the development of commercial production company RSA with brother Tony Scott. RSA created groundbreaking commercials for the world’s most recognized corporate brands including Estee Lauder, Guinness, Honda and Chervolet. Scott’s feature directorial debut, 1977’s “The Duellist” won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Since that time he has won numerous awards for films he’s directed including “Thelma & Louise”, “Gladiator”, “American Gangster” and “Black Hawk Down”. “Alien” launched a successful science fiction franchise, and “Blade Runner” was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993.
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