From a star turning performance in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” to a weekly dosage of acerbic observations on gender inequality and white privilege neuroses in Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” the wickedly funny writer turned malcontent turned stand-up turned tinseltown rebel has now found herself among the British film elite — and will be honored as such at this year’s BAFTA Britannia Awards on October 30th, 2015.
Schumer will receive the highly coveted Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy at the famed Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, fresh off the heels of her new HBO special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” directed by fellow veteran comedian Chris Rock. “In just a few years, Amy Schumer has established herself as a performer of great courage and discipline. As one of the most fearless, incisive, and socially engaged contemporary artists in the comedy realm, she is more than deserving of an award bearing the name of Charlie Chaplin,” boasts BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman, Kieran Breen.
Schumer will join the likes of Betty White, Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus when she accepts the prestigious award, and will do so alongside Meryl Streep, another strong proponent of women’s rights and a constant defender of female writers, directors and producers when she receives this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.