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BAFTA Britannia Awards Honor Harrison Ford

BAFTA Britannia Awards Honor Harrison Ford

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) will honor veteran Hollywood star Harrison Ford, who not only created Indiana Jones but will soon return as Han Solo in a new “Star Wars” film, with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. BAFTA LA always throws an entertaining awards party that combines unabashed awards-mongering with flowing drinks and warm hilarity.

That should be in good supply this year thanks to standup comedian host Jack Whitehall and award-winners James Corden–the ebullient talk-show host is accepting the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year–and Amy Schumer (the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy) .

The question remains whether Disney will gain any awards traction for the “Episode VII -The Force Awakens,” which will be a box office behemoth to rival “Jurassic World.” The “Star Wars” saga has not been rewarded outside of tech categories in the past, although the first one, “Episode IV – A New Hope,” did earn noms for Best Picture, Alec Guinness for supporting actor and George Lucas for writing and directing.

Also accepting honors at this year’s Britannia Awards are Meryl Streep (Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film), James Bond director Sam Mendes (the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing) and Orlando Bloom (the humanitarian award). 
The U.S. television premiere of the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards will air on Pop on Friday, November 6. The show will also air in the UK and in Europe, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and Asia.

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