UK film-maker Joe Wright was honoured for his "outstanding creativecontribution" in the medium of film at the inaugural Hospital Awards.

Joe Wright directed thecritically acclaimed Pride and Prejudicestarring Keira Knightley,which received four Academy Awards nominations and three BAFTA nominations, oneof which Wright won for most promising newcomer. Wright's next feature is anadaptation of Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan's novel Atonement.

The Hospital Awards werefounded by London-based arts-mentoring community The Hospital in order tohonour the most creative individuals working in media and the arts in the UK.

Wright's award wasdeliberated by a panel of peers including Eric Fellner,chairman of Working Title Films, Nira Parkfrom Big Talk Productions and producer/director Matthew Vaughn. It waspresented by TV presenter Mariella Frostrup at an informal dinner on Oct 3.