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Douglas, Firth and Boyle Set For BAFTA/LA Honors

Douglas, Firth and Boyle Set For BAFTA/LA Honors

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) has announced the recipients of the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Kirk Douglas will be honored for his contribution to Worldwide Filmed Entertainment, Colin Firth will be receiving the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award, while director Danny Boyle will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing.

“Kirk Douglas is an acting institution whose iconic roles have made him an archetypal international movie star,” says BAFTA/LA Chairman Peter Morris in a statement. “His filmography is second to none and outside the world of film he has continued to inspire audiences worldwide through his books and his charitable endeavors. It could not be more fitting that BAFTA/LA is honoring Mr. Douglas for his lasting legacy to worldwide entertainment… This year’s honorees have consistently inspired us and audiences worldwide with their incredible talent and presence on and off screen, and we are proud to honor their remarkable accomplishments and welcome them to the distinguished pantheon of BAFTA/LA honorees.”

BAFTA/LA previously announced Robert De Niro as the honoree for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film as well as Emily Blunt for the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

Actor and writer Stephen Fry will serve as host of the event.

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