The distinguished awards are handed out once a year and recognize the outstanding achievements of 1,097 people across the UK.
Neal Street co-founder Mendes, whose one-hit war movie was released Christmas Day by Universal Pictures, and Knight, who also wrote BBC and FX’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol, have both received knighthoods, as has 12 Years A Slave director Steve Mcqueen.
“I’m amazed, delighted and extremely proud,” Mendes told Deadline. “I have stood on the shoulders of so many collaborators and colleagues over the last thirty years – actors, writers, designers, producers, technicians – to whom I owe a huge debt of gratitude. I would not be receiving this honor without them.”
Elton John, who was the subject of biopic Rocketman, becomes a Companion of Honour,