BAFTA Los Angeles announced today that its 2011 Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment has now been renamed in honor of Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli. Broccoli was the producer of the James Bond franchise and the first recipient of the award over 20 years ago.
Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, commented: “By creating a global phenomenon with the longest-running film series in cinema history, Cubby’s legacy exemplifies what the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution stands for.”
The 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Awards will take place on Wednesday, November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where John Lasseter will receive this year’s award.
Full press release:
Los Angeles, October 11, 2011 — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced today that it will rename its Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, pioneering producer of the James Bond franchise. The first Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment will be presented to Academy Award winner John Lasseter at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Wednesday, November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Cubby Broccoli was the Britannia’s very first honoree when the awards were originated over 20 years ago,” says Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “By creating a global phenomenon with the longest-running film series in cinema history, Cubby’s legacy exemplifies what the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution stands for. We are grateful to Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and the Broccoli Foundation for their generous support, and are delighted to present this award in Cubby’s honor.”
“It’s quite possible that there would be no BAFTA Los Angeles without Cubby Broccoli,” adds Marion Rosenberg OBE, Co-founder of BAFTA Los Angeles. “He was our first and most enthusiastic sponsor when we were taking baby steps towards the establishment of the Academy, and without him we may never have become the vital and flourishing organization we are today. We owe him and The Broccoli Foundation a huge debt of thanks.”
Says Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, “With the naming of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment, on behalf of the Albert and Dana Broccoli Foundation, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate our long term association with BAFTA Los Angeles and Cubby’s commitment and support of the organization, especially in its early years. We are delighted that John Lasseter, whose brilliant Pixar movies have entertained so many millions of people around the world, will be the recipient of this newly named award.”
The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the entertainment arts. Presented at an annual gala dinner, proceeds from the ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
The 2011 honorees are Warren Beatty (Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film), Helena Bonham Carter (Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year), John Lasseter (Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment), Ben Stiller (Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy), and David Yates (John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing).
Emmy nominated and Tony winning actor Alan Cumming will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will air on TV Guide Network on Sunday, December 4.
Since the Britannia awards were first created in1989, awards have been given to Sir Michael Caine, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Colin Firth, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, the late Stanley Kubrick (in whose name an award is now given), George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Chris Nolan, Emily Blunt, Sean Penn, Dame Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Denzel Washington.