Danny Boyle has been honoured by the UK movie industry with a British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker, lauded for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, was given the accolade at The BFI London Film Festival Awards.
Danny said: "It's obviously a wonderful honour really. I know everybody says this, but it's also true - in films especially - that it's a tribute to all the people you've worked with over the years, made the films what they are.
"It's lovely that our films - and I always call them our films, the people who made them - it's lovely that our films have been distinguished in this way. I'm a figurehead and that's great and it's a great honour, but it's lovely that the kind of films we make have been held up by the BFI as being perhaps something people can aspire to and certainly better."
Among the other big winners at the event was first-time director Clio Barnard, who won two awards for her film The Arbor, about the life and legacy of late playwright Andrea Dunbar.
Clio won the best British newcomer prize and the Sutherland Award for a debut director.
Danny, whose films include 28 Days Later and Shallow Grave, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to film culture. He was presented with the award by Stephen Daldry.
The British director's latest film 127 Days - which has been seen as uncomfortable viewing by those who have watched it - will be screened at the festival's closing night gala.
The best film award went to Russian project How I Ended This Summer, set inside the Arctic Circle.