Late director Anthony Minghella is to be honoured with a special BAFTA Award created in his name, according to British filmmaker LORD Richard Attenborough.
Just three weeks after his untimely death, Minghella's peers at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) are said to be planning a tribute to The English Patient filmmaker, who died from complications following surgery for cancer of the tonsils and neck at London's Charing Cross Hospital in March (08).
Minghella, 54, was a two-time BAFTA award recipient. In 1992, he won the Best Screenplay award for Truly, Madly, Deeply and in 1997, he took home the Best Film prize for The English Patient.
Attenborough says, "There will definitely be something. Unquestionably so, undoubtedly so. There is so much to honour and it was a life that was tragically ended halfway through."
Last weekend (05Apr08), a diverse mix of guests - including Hollywood stars Renee Zellweger, Matt Damon and British prime minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor Tony Blair - gathered to pay their respects to Minghella at the Thomas More Catholic Church, near his home in north London.