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February 03, 2015 at 05:05 PM EST

Mr. Turner

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
150 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/19/14
performer
Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville, Timothy Spall
director
Mike Leigh
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Drama

Mr. Turner filmmaker Mike Leigh will be given the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’s Fellowship, deemed their “highest accolade,” BAFTA announced today. Leigh will be awarded the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards this coming Sunday. 

“What a privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship,” Leigh said in a statement. “I’m moved, delighted and surprised.” Others that have received the BAFTA Fellowship include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Judi Dench, and Vanessa Redgrave. 

Leigh’s Mr. Turner, about the painter J.M.W. Turner, was nominated for four Oscars, in categories including Cinematography and Production Design. He has won three BAFTAs and has received a BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

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