Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow and Sir Ben Kingsley will be honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on September 9 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles' highest honors, spotlighting "individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts." Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, and Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Bigelow and Kingsley will join previously announced honoree George Clooney, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
"BAFTA Los Angeles is thrilled to be honoring Sir Ben Kingsley and Kathryn Bigelow at this year’s Britannia Awards,” said BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Gary Dartnall in a statement. “Sir Ben is a true icon of our industry, with a proven ability to captivate filmgoers around the world with his daring and powerful performances, and Kathryn is a tremendously talented and versatile director whose work consistently challenges and entertains, no matter the genre or subject matter. As previous Academy Award and BAFTA winning artists, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud that Kathryn and Sir Ben will join us for what is certain to be a memorable evening."
The BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC America on November 10 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.