In a move no doubt bolstered by the worldwide critical and commercial success of “Inception,” Christopher Nolan will be honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA), alongside actor Michael Sheen (“Frost/Nixon”), at the 2010 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards, taking place November 4. Nolan will be awarded the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing, while Sheen will collect the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
“We could not be more delighted about our first honorees of this year’s Britannia Awards, representing two outstanding British talents,” says BAFTA/LA Chairman Nigel Lythgoe in a press statement. “Chris Nolan is a visionary filmmaker who continually raises the bar with each movie he makes, and Michael Sheen is an actor of immense depth who seamlessly tackles drama and comedic roles alike.”
Actor/writer Stephen Fry will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the second consecutive time.