The hugely successful west London film director Steve McQueen CBE has been given the highest accolade from the British Film Institute (BFI).
The critically acclaimed director of 12 Years A Slave was recognised for his "outstanding contribution to film culture".
He said: “I first walked into the BFI library and cinema 28 years ago. To think that I will now be a Fellow and honorary member, with such a distinguished list of people, is mind-blowing.
“I'm humbly honoured.”
McQueen also studied art at Hammersmith and West London College, before the start of his illustrious and award-winning film career.
Best known for his hugely praised films Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave, he was presented with his award by regular collaborator Michael Fassbender.
'One of the most important British artists'
The chairman of the BFI, Josh Berger CBE, said: “As a winner of both the Turner Prize and Academy Awards, Steve is pre-eminent in the world of film and the moving image.
“He is one of the most influential and important British artists of the past 25 years and his work, both short and long forms, has consistently explored the endurance of humanity.”
The BFI London Film Festival, held for the 60th time in 2016, is an annual event which celebrates film culture.