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BAFTA LA Unveils Five Britannia Honorees

BAFTA LA Unveils Five Britannia Honorees

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ L.A. arm will honor the starry bunch during an October 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, hosted once again by comedian Rob Brydon. The show will then air Sunday, November 2 on BBC America.

This historic award season ramp-up event will dole out its five discrete prizes as follows:

Robert Downey Jr. will receive the storied Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, whose prior recipients include Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Denzel Washington and Steven Spielberg. In October, Downey Jr. can be seen in his Oscar hopeful “The Judge,” a drama he also produced.

The Britannia Humanitarian Award goes to Mark Ruffalo for his work with nonprofit Water Defense, which the Emmy-winning “Normal Heart” star cofounded to raise water resource awareness.

Emma Watson will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, which tributes a Brit talent in Hollywood. She joins the leagues of Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton and more with this prize.

Brit auteur Mike Leigh, who’s an Oscar contender this year for his Cannes-winning J.M.W. Turner biopic “Mr. Turner,” will take The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign. The seven-time Oscar nominated director of “Naked,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Vera Drake” and “Another Year” has long-shared his contributions with Hollywood.

Last but never least, Dame Judi Dench will pick up the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Her icon status, and impact on the entertainment industry, go without saying.

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