Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, was named a knight of the British Empire in England, leading the list of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year’s Honors, E! Online reported. Scott, a three-time Oscar nominee for best director, was honored for his services to the film and television industry, the site reported.

In addition to the SF classic movies, the 65-year-old director’s credits include Gladiator, Thelma and Louise and Black Hawk Down.