The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) will honor Academy and BAFTA Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Academy and BAFTA Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. The awards are presented by BBC AMERICA and will take place Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show will be broadcast on BBC AMERICA November 10 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.
The Britannia Awards are a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts. Bigelow will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, and Kingsley will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Bigelow and Kingsley will join previously announced honoree George Clooney, who will receive the prestigious Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
"BAFTA Los Angeles is thrilled to be honoring Sir Ben Kingsley and Kathryn Bigelow at this year’s Britannia Awards," said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Gary Dartnall. "Sir Ben is a true icon of our industry, with a proven ability to captivate filmgoers around the world with his daring and powerful performances, and Kathryn is a tremendously talented and versatile director whose work consistently challenges and entertains, no matter the genre or subject matter. As previous Academy Award and BAFTA winning artists, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud that Kathryn and Sir Ben will join us for what is certain to be a memorable evening."
"Kathryn Bigelow made history after becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director and we are honored to recognize her ground-breaking contribution to our industry as the first woman to receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. With his extraordinary career as a compelling actor who has embraced a wide spectrum of roles, Sir Ben Kingsley is a global force who exemplifies what the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution stands for," commented Britannia Award Co-Chairs Rebecca Segal and Deborah Kolar.