Terry Gilliam to receive BAFTA honor

Tue Feb 3, 2009 8:50pm EST
 
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LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "Monty Python" star Terry Gilliam will receive a BAFTA Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to film during Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards show.

Orange British Academy Film Awards organizers said the fellowship is the "highest accolade" bestowed upon someone in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Previous honorees include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins.

Writer-director Gilliam's latest movie, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," was Heath Ledger's final film. After Ledger's death in January 2008, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law stepped in to help complete the film.

The BAFTA ceremony takes place at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter