BAFTA Fellowship

The BAFTA Fellowship, or the Academy Fellowship, is a lifetime achievement award presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 1971 "in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image", and is the highest honour the Academy can bestow. Fellowship recipients have been mainly film directors, but some have also been awarded to actors, film and television producers, cinematographers, , screenwriters and (since 2007) to contributors to the video game industry. People from the United Kingdom dominate the list, but it includes over a dozen U.S. citizens and several from other countries in Europe, though none of the latter have been recognized since 1996. Shigeru Miyamoto, in 2010, became the first citizen of an Asian country to receive the award.

The inaugural recipient of the award was film-maker and producer Alfred Hitchcock. Twice the award has been made posthumously: to comedy pair Morecambe and Wise, recipients in 1999, and to Stanley Kubrick, who died that same year and was made a fellow in 2000. The most recent recipient was British journalist and television presenter Jon Snow in 2015.

Fellowship Awards

Year Country of citizenship Fellow Notes Ref(s)
1971  United Kingdom Chaplin ! Hitchcock, AlfredAlfred Hitchcock Filmmaker and producer
1972  United Kingdom Young !
Young, FreddieFreddie Young Cinematographer
1973  United Kingdom Goldie !
Goldie, Grace WyndhamGrace Wyndham Goldie Television producer
1974  United Kingdom Lean !
Lean, DavidDavid Lean Filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and editor
1975  France Cousteau ! Cousteau, JacquesJacques Cousteau Naval officer, explorer, ecologist and filmmaker
1976  United Kingdom Chaplin ! Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin Filmmaker, actor, writer, director, producer, composer and editor
1976  United Kingdom Olivier ! Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier Actor, director and producer
1977  United Kingdom Forman !
Forman, DenisDenis Forman Director and then Chair of the British Film Institute and Granada Television
1978  United States Zinnemann !
Zinnemann, FredFred Zinnemann Film producer
1979  United Kingdom Grade !
Grade, LewLew Grade Media proprietor
1979  United Kingdom Wheldon !
Wheldon, HuwHuw Wheldon Broadcaster and executive
1980  United Kingdom Attenborough ! Attenborough, DavidDavid Attenborough Broadcaster and naturalist
1980  United States Huston ! Huston, JohnJohn Huston Actor, filmmaker and screenwriter
1981  France Gance ! Gance, AbelAbel Gance Film director and producer
1981  United Kingdom Powell !
Powell, MichaelMichael Powell Film director and member of Powell and Pressburger
1981  United Kingdom Pressburger !
Pressburger, EmericEmeric Pressburger Screenwriter, film director, producer and member of Powell and Pressburger
1982  Poland Wajda ! Wajda, AndrzejAndrzej Wajda Film director
1983  United Kingdom AttenboroughR ! Attenborough, RichardRichard Attenborough Actor, film director and producer
1984  United Kingdom Greene !
Greene, HughHugh Greene Journalist and television executive
1984  Austria Spiegel !
Spiegel, SamSam Spiegel Film producer
1985  United Kingdom Isaacs !
Isaacs, JeremyJeremy Isaacs Television producer and executive
1986  United States Spielberg ! Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Film director, screenwriter and film producer
1987  Italy Fellini ! Fellini, FedericoFederico Fellini Film director
1988  Sweden Bergman ! Bergman, IngmarIngmar Bergman Film director, writer and producer
1989  United Kingdom Guinness ! Guinness, AlecAlec Guinness Actor
1990  United Kingdom Fox !
Fox, PaulPaul Fox Television executive
1991  France Malle !
Malle, LouisLouis Malle Film director
1992  United Kingdom Gielgud ! Gielgud, JohnJohn Gielgud Actor
1992  United Kingdom Plowright !
Plowright, DavidDavid Plowright Television executive and producer
1993  United Kingdom Samuelson !
Samuelson, SydneySydney Samuelson First British Film Commissioner
1993  United States Young !
Young, ColinColin Young First director of the National Film and Television School
1994  United Kingdom GradeM !
Grade, MichaelMichael Grade Broadcast executive
1995  United States Wilder ! Wilder, BillyBilly Wilder Journalist, filmmaker, screenwriter and producer
1996  France Moreau ! Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau Actress, screenwriter, director
1996  United Kingdom Neame ! Neame, RonaldRonald Neame Cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director
1996  United Kingdom Schlesinger !
Schlesinger, JohnJohn Schlesinger Film and stage director
1996  United Kingdom Smith ! Smith, MaggieMaggie Smith Film, stage and television actress
1997  United States Allen ! Allen, WoodyWoody Allen Film director, screenwriter, actor and playwright
1997  United States Bochco ! Bochco, StevenSteven Bochco Television producer and writer
1997  United Kingdom Christie ! Christie, JulieJulie Christie Actress
1997  United States Morris !
Morris, OswaldOswald Morris Cinematographer
1997  United Kingdom Pinter !
Pinter, HaroldHarold Pinter Playwright, screenwriter, actor and director
1997  United States Rose ! Rose, DavidDavid Rose Songwriter, composer and arranger
1998  United Kingdom Connery ! Connery, SeanSean Connery Actor
1998  United Kingdom Cotton !
Cotton, BillBill Cotton Television producer and executive
1999  United Kingdom Morecambe !
Morecambe, EricEric Morecambe Television and stage actor, and member of Morecambe and Wise
1999  United Kingdom Wise !
Wise, ErnieErnie Wise Television and stage actor, and member of Morecambe and Wise
1999  United Kingdom Taylor ! Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor Actress
2000  United Kingdom Caine ! Caine, MichaelMichael Caine Actor
2000  United States Kubrick ! Kubrick, StanleyStanley Kubrick Filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and photographer
2000  United Kingdom Bazalgette ! Bazalgette, PeterPeter Bazalgette Media expert
2001  United Kingdom Finney !
Finney, AlbertAlbert Finney Actor
2001  United Kingdom Dench !
Thaw, JohnJohn Thaw Actor
2001  United Kingdom Dench ! Dench, JudiJudi Dench Actress
2002  United States Beatty ! Beatty, WarrenWarren Beatty Actor, producer, screenwriter and director
Merchant !
Merchant Ivory Productions Film company founded by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant
2002  United Kingdom Davies !
Davies, AndrewAndrew Davies Author and screenwriter
2002  United Kingdom Mills !
Mills, JohnJohn Mills Actor
2003  United States Zaentz !
Zaentz, SaulSaul Zaentz Film producer
2003  United Kingdom Jason !
Jason, DavidDavid Jason Actor
2004  United Kingdom Boorman ! Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman Filmmaker
2004  United States Graef !
Graef, RogerRoger Graef Criminologist and filmmaker
2005  United Kingdom Barry ! Barry, JohnJohn Barry Composer
2005  United Kingdom Frost ! Frost, DavidDavid Frost Writer, journalist and television presenter
2006  United Kingdom Puttnam ! Puttnam, DavidDavid Puttnam Film producer
2006  United Kingdom Loach ! Loach, KenKen Loach Film and television director
2007  United Kingdom Coates !
Coates, Anne V.Anne V. Coates Film editor
2007  United Kingdom Curtis ! Curtis, RichardRichard Curtis Screenwriter, music producer, actor and film director
2007  United States Wright ! Wright, WillWill Wright Video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis
2008  United Kingdom Hopkins ! Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins Film, stage and television actor
2008  United Kingdom Forsyth ! Forsyth, BruceBruce Forsyth Television entertainer
2009  United Kingdom French ! French, DawnDawn French Actress, writer, comedienne, member of French & Saunders
2009  United Kingdom Saunders ! Saunders, JenniferJennifer Saunders Actress, screenwriter, comedienne, member of French & Saunders
2009  United Kingdom Gilliam ! Gilliam, TerryTerry Gilliam Writer, filmmaker, animator and member of Monty Python
2009  United States Bushnell ! Bushnell, NolanNolan Bushnell Engineer, founder of Atari Inc.
2010  United Kingdom Redgrave ! Redgrave, VanessaVanessa Redgrave Actress
2010  Japan Miyamoto ! Miyamoto, ShigeruShigeru Miyamoto Nintendo video game designer, created the Mario and The Legend of Zelda series.
2010  United Kingdom Bragg ! Bragg, MelvynMelvyn Bragg Author and broadcaster
2011  United Kingdom Lee ! Lee, ChristopherChristopher Lee Actor and musician
2011  United Kingdom Molyneux ! Molyneux, PeterPeter Molyneux Game designer
2011  United Kingdom McDonald !
McDonald, TrevorTrevor McDonald TV newsreader and presenter
2012  United States Scorsese ! Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese Film director and producer
2012  Australia Harris ! Rolf Harris Artist, musician and television presenter. Harris's Fellowship was annulled on 30 June 2014 following his criminal conviction.
2013  United Kingdom Parker ! Parker, AlanAlan Parker Film director and screenwriter
2013  United States Gaben ! Newell, GabeGabe Newell Valve video game developer and CEO
2013  United Kingdom Palin ! Palin, MichaelMichael Palin Comedian, actor, writer, television presenter and member of Monty Python
2014  United Kingdom Mirren ! Mirren, HelenHelen Mirren Actress
2014  United Kingdom
 United States
Rockstar ! Games, RockstarRockstar Games Video game developer and publisher, created the Grand Theft Auto series
(accepted by Dan Houser, Sam Houser, Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut)
2014  United Kingdom Walters ! Walters, JulieJulie Walters Actress
2015  United Kingdom Leigh ! Leigh, MikeMike Leigh Writer, director
2015  United Kingdom Braben ! Braben, DavidDavid Braben Video game designer, programmer
2015  United Kingdom Snow ! Snow, JonJon Snow Journalist, television presenter