Terry Gilliam to be honoured with BAFTA fellowship award

February 4th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Brit writer Terry Gilliam will be honoured with a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards) fellowship award at an upcoming ceremony.

Gilliam, 68, who is a former Monty Python star, will follow in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg when he gets the prize.

The comic-turned-director revealed that he was shocked to learn about the award, as he believes he is remembered more for his role in the comedy TV Monty Python’’s Flying Circus than his directing skills.

Awards and honours I”ve kind of shied away from, but this one I”m happy to take. I keep asking myself, why me? It was quite a surprise when they said we”ll give you the Fellowship, as I don”t expect these kinds of things, the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

Im recognised more as a Python than I am a filmmaker I suppose. And it”ll probably be the thing that goes on the gravestone, he added.

The BAFTA awards ceremony will take place at London’’s Royal Opera House on February 8. (ANI)

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