Already announced: veteran Hollywood star Harrison Ford, who not only created Indiana Jones but will soon return as Han Solo in the new “Star Wars” film, will accept the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment; The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film goes to Meryl Streep, while Bond auteur Sam Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing and Orlando Bloom will accept BAFTA’s humanitarian award.
Oscar Contenders Line Up to Present at BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards
Oscar Contenders Line Up to Present at BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) ceremony will take place on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, at the start of the awards season; the BAFTA Britannia Awards always draws a fair share of Oscar contenders happy to press the flesh. The awards recognize outstanding British and American talent with a strong career connection to the British industry.
Joining the show as presenters are “Star Wars” reboot director J.J. Abrams, “Trumbo” star Bryan Cranston, “Sherlock Holmes” star Robert Downey Jr., Brit auteur Stephen Frears, “Brooklyn” Oscar hopeful Saoirse Ronan and comedy writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane.
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.
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.