Stockholm, Sweden — Terry Gilliam's love for the quirky and surreal earned him the Stockholm Visionary Award, but his work in the entertainment business hasn't always been enjoyable.
"I never thought it was fun," Gilliam said. "I just thought it was a hard job. And I wish I wasn't obsessed with making movies, then I could have a happier life."
He was awarded the prize Saturday at the city's annual film festival.
The jury cited Gilliam's decades of "unique inventiveness," from the absurd animations between "Monty Python" TV skits to directing movies such as "Time Bandits," "Brazil" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
Since he left the Monty Python comedy group, Gilliam's career has included a list of hit movies - but also some battles with studios and financial backers.