The director will be presented with the Fellowship Award at the upcoming BAFTAs at London’s Royal Opera House.

Martin Scorsese is to be awarded the Academy Fellowship at the BAFTAs in February.

Awarded annually, BAFTA’s fellowship recognises outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previous recipients have included Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Vanessa Redgrave and last year Christopher Lee.

Tim Corrie, chairman of BAFTA, said: “Martin Scorsese is a legend in his lifetime; a true inspiration to all young directors the world over. We are delighted to honour his contribution to cinema history and look forward to paying tribute to him.”

One of the most influential film-makers in cinema history, Scorsese’s credits include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Departed (for which he won his only Oscar), The Aviator and his most recent work Hugo. He has been nominated for nine BAFTAs, winning three for Goodfellas in 1991.

He is also the founder and chair of two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history: The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Foundation.

In December 2010, he was the subject of a ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event.

Scorsese said it was a “great honour to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends.”

The nominations for the BAFTAs will be announced on Jan 17, with the ceremony taking place on Feb 12.