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Steve McQueen Named Winner of 2016 British Film Institute Fellowship




The British Film Institute announced today that Turner Prize–winning video artist and Academy Award–winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has won this year’s BFI Fellowship. McQueen will now be an honorary BFI member as part of the fellowship, which is awarded annually to a notable person working in the film industry.

In a release, the BFI explained that the fellowship recognizes McQueen’s three feature films, especially notable among them 12 Years a Slave (2013). In 2014, the film earned the Oscar for Best Picture, making McQueen the first black director or producer in film history to have won such an accolade. His two other features—Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011)—were also critically acclaimed upon their release. McQueen, who sometimes shows films and videos in an art-world context, also recently had a solo show at New York’s Whitney Museum.

“I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mindblowing,” McQueen said in a statement. “I’m humbly honoured.”

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