Celebrities and fans filled the showroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, this past Saturday November 9th. for the covenanted Britannia Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFT A) Los Angeles Britannia Awards recognize, celebrate and honor the achievements of individuals and companies that have advanced the entertainment arts through excellence, inspiration and public benefit.
The 2013 honorees included:
George Clooney honored with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film;
Kathryn Bigelow honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing;
Sir Ben Kingsley honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment;
Other celebrity guests included Julia Roberts, Sigourney Weaver and Salma Hayek. The event was filmed and aired by BBC America.
One of the highlights of the evening was a gag played by Sasha Cohen wherein he sent the “oldest living actor to have worked with Charlie Chaplin” flying out of her wheelchair. More serious moments included Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi, presenting actor Idris Elba with the Britannia Humanitarian Award, praising his portrayal of her father in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and observing that
both men share “a passion for the human spirit.” Ben Kingsley dedicated his Albert R. Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution
to Entertainment to young actors. Kingsley shared, “Know that to tell a story is to heal someone somewhere, and know that your vulnerability is your greatest strength”. Another highlight was film star Julia Roberts’ presentation to George Clooney of the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film.
Started as the British Film Academy in 1947, BAFTA has grown into a respected global independent charity that supports, develops and promotes film, television and games. BAFTA has year-round learning programs in the US and UK offering access to talent through workshops, classes, scholarships, lectures and mentoring. BAFTA currently has 6,500 members and is an independent charity with a mission to “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public”.