By Esther Zuckerman
Updated February 03, 2015 at 05:05 PM EST
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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.