Sam Mendes, Steve McQueen among 2020 New Year honourees

Universal chairman Donna Langley, filmmaker Steven Knight also recognised.Sam Mendes, whose First World War thriller 1917 is gathering pace in awards season, is one of two Oscar-winning British filmmakers to receive a knighthood in the UK government’s 2020 New Year Honours list.Mendes (pictured at left) receives his honour for services to drama.

He began his career in theatre, where he won two Laurence Olivier Awards, and broke out in Hollywood when his 1999 feature directorial debut American Beauty won five Oscars including best director and best picture.

His credits include the last two James Bond instalments Spectre and Skyfall, as

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