Four Decades At The Top Of Hollywood
♦ He started his career in commercials but has spent the last forty years making movies. Today is Ridley Scott’s 80th birthday and so we thought we would pick moments from 10 of his most memorable movies of the past four decades…
Blade Runner (1982)
Black Rain (1989)
Thelma And Louise (1991)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
American Gangster (2007)
Robin Hood (2010)
The Martian (2015)
Here’s wikipedia’s bio of the man himself: Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works include the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000), and science fiction film The Martian (2015).
Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments, whether 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), Medieval England (Robin Hood), contemporary Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner. His films are also known for their strong female characters. Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing (for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down). In 1995, both Ridley and his brother Tony received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2003, Scott was knighted for his “services to the British film industry”. In a 2004 BBC poll Scott was named the tenth most influential person in British culture. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.
2017 saw him direct Alien: Covenant and produce Blade Runner 2049. At the age of 80 years old, he shows no sign of slowing down.