According to a media report, the British director, Steve McQueen will receive BAFTA's John Schlesinger Britannia Award. BAFTA Los Angeles on 16 August, 2018, announced that McQueen, who won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, would be this year's recipient of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for brilliance in directing at the group's 2018 Britannia Awards.
Prior to Steve McQueen, the award's previous recipients were Ava DuVernay, Sam Mendes, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.
This British director is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. McQueen is known for his collaborations with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in all the three McQueen's feature films of 2014.
Few other feature films of McQueen include Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, and Shame (2011), a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction. Viola Davis, who will be seen in McQueen’s much-anticipated upcoming Fox movie Widows, will be presenting the prestigious award during a ceremony on 26 October,2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
BAFTA LA said, "The Schlesinger award goes to a deeply respected, distinctive director, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession.” Last year, Ava DuVernay received the award.
For McQueen, whose 2014 film 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture, Oscar, Widows is his fourth feature film. The movie is slated to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. It will also be the opening film of the London Film Festival in October ahead of its U.S. theatrical bow on 16 November, 2018.
The upcoming and most awaited Widows will be McQueen's fourth feature as director after 12 Years a Slave; Shame; and Hunger.
The thriller movie Widows will feature these actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson along with Davis.
The narrative of the film involves an unsuccessful heist attempt, which kills four armed robbers. After their deaths, the robbers' wives take up the job to see it through, until the end.
'Widows' is all set to hit the US theatres on 16 November, 2018.