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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that British filmmaker Sir Alan Parker is to receive BAFTA's highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship, in recognition of outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previous Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Lee, along with last year's recipient Martin Scorsese.

"Sir Alan Parker is a hugely distinctive filmmaker, and a man of uncompromising vision and personality," said John Willis, Chairman of the Academy. "He has made an immense contribution to the British film industry, receiving a wide range of critical and public acclaim for his writing, producing and directing across almost 40 years of filmmaking. It’s almost impossible to highlight any one moment of his career, but the incredible 19 BAFTAs his films have won indicate the esteem in which he is held by his peers, »

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