The director of such films as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and The People Vs Larry Flynt will collect the honour at the 65th Annual DGA Awards on Feb 2 in Los Angeles.

“It is a tremendous privilege to present the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for feature film to one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Milos Forman,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford.

“No matter what subject or genre he tackles, Milos finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us – his rapt audience – to recognise ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that Milos so aptly portrays on the silver screen.” 

Previous winners include Cecil B DeMille, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.