Director Steve McQueen has hailed Kanye West as a genius.

The rapper presented MCQueen with the Breakout Director Award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday (21Oct13) for his film 12 Years A Slave.

The British director heaped praise on the Stronger hitmaker after the awards, insisting he has been on top form for the last decade.

MCQueen tells E! Online, "He's great, he's an artistic genius... I'm not just saying it to make him look better because he's been on top for 10 years. He's been hitting the ball out of the park for the last 10 years with his music. He's an amazing guy to talk to and to converse with."