BAFTA to honour Miyamoto with fellowship

Shigeru Miyamoto is to be honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship at this year’s British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony.

The prestigious award is “recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image.” It is the highest honour the academy can bestow. Previous winners of videogame fellowships include Will Wright and Nolan Bushnell.

“I am very grateful to be able to receive such an honourable award from the British Academy,” said Miyamoto in a statement. “Our videogames cannot be created by one person; since Donkey Kong until the most recent New Super Mario Bros. Wii, I have been working closely with a number of friends for three decades in order to develop fun and enjoyable games.

I would like to receive this honourable award on behalf of all of these dependable colleagues.”

BAFTA Chairman David Parfitt said, “The Fellowship is the highest accolade the Academy can bestow on an individual for their creative work and we are honoured to have Miyamoto with us to accept his award.

“With previous honourees including Hitchcock, Kubrick and Pinter, it is only fitting that Miyamoto be recognized alongside these other pioneers for his groundbreaking work. He helped to develop an entire creative industry and is still a major force in its continuing success.”

British gamers can vote for the BAFTA GAME Award of 2009, from a shortlist over at the official site. The ceremony takes place in London on Mar. 19.