You would be hard-pressed to find a more influential director still living and working in Hollywood today than Ridley Scott. It turns out the Director's Guild of America would agree with that, because they are about to bestow a major honor upon him. This February, the DGA will present Ridley Scott with a lifetime achievement award for his accomplishments as a director.
Variety is reporting that Ridley Scott will receive the honor on February 4 at the 69th Annual DGA Awards ceremony, which will be taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Scott was selected for the award by the current president, as well as past presidents of the director's guild. The Blade Runner director will be joining the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, who have all received the award previously. Here is what DGA President Paris Barclay had to say about it.
"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. 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."
Ridley Scott got his start directing features in 1977 with The Duelists, but it was his work on the sci-fi/thriller Alien in 1979 that really put him on the map. The movie is still considered among the best in the genre and the franchise is still going strong. Ridley Scott returned to the world of Alien in 2012 with the prequel movie Prometheus and will be releasing a sequel to that movie (which also serves as another Alien prequel) Alien: Covenant next year. At 78 years-old, he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Just last year, his movie The Martian garnered a ton of critical acclaim and perhaps more impressively, went on to become his highest-grossing movie to date. The movie grossed a very impressive $630 million worldwide and continued to prove his relevance in modern cinema. Some of his other notable works include Gladiator, which won five Oscars in 2001, including the Oscar for Best Picture, as well as Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and American Gangster. Ridley Scott has probably had the greatest influence in the sci-fi genre, but has proven that he can do anything (and do it well) from a modern war movie to a classic gangster drama and everything in between.
Ridley Scott has won several awards for filmmaking in the past, but as a director, it is hard to argue with the DGA wanting to honor his entire body of work. Sure, he has had some flops like The Counselor and Kingdom of Heaven, but what director who takes risks hasn't? The good by far outweighs the bad in this case. Next up for Ridley Scott after Alien: Covenant (which recently had its release date bumped up nearly three months) is the western Wraiths of the Broken Land.