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Ben Stiller, Warren Beatty, others toasted at saucy, sincere Britannia Awards

December 1, 2011 |  2:02 pm

Ben Stiller at the Britannia Awards

Movie stars are shuttled to so many glamorous red-carpet events during awards season it can be a challenge to remember the significance of each boozy get-together.

Just ask Ben Stiller. On Wednesday night at the Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, the actor was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, whose Los Angeles branch gave him the Charlie Chaplin award for excellence in comedy. He was one of five entertainment world fixtures to receive prizes at the ceremony, which also feted Warren Beatty, Helena Bonham Carter, Pixar chief John Lasseter and director David Yates.

Stiller -- who was introduced by his “Tropic Thunder” costar Robert Downey Jr. -- spent most of his acceptance speech making jabs at BAFTA and its relative obscurity stateside. When he heard he’d won a prize from the organization, he joked, he wondered if BAFTA stood for “Black Astronauts Flight Training Association.”

“Then they told me, ‘Ben, it’s an awards show, and it’s going to be broadcast on the TV Guide Channel,’” he said, meaning to refer to the TV Guide Network, which will televise the ceremony on Sunday. “And I said, ‘Say no more. You had me at broadcast. You really had me at TV Guide Channel. I’ve been looking to break into half the TV screen for a long time.’”

Though the Britannias are held by BAFTA, they honor performers and executives from any country -- just so long “as they can speak English like a normal person,” kidded the evening’s emcee, Alan Cumming.

The event, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, had a casual vibe, with both presenters and honorees interspersing their speeches with expletives. Helen Mirren, who gave Bonham Carter the prize for British artist of the year, called her the goddess of “couldn’t give a [expletive]-dom” before complimenting her outlandish fashion sense and "bird’s nest" hairstyle.

But others were more earnest on stage, like Yates -- who received a special video message from absent “Harry Potter” stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

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BAFTA Los Angeles renames award after Bond producer

October 11, 2011 | 12:13 pm


The British Academy of Film and Television Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it was renaming its Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of the late Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond film franchise. Broccoli died in 1996 at age 87.

 The first Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award will be presented to  John Lasseter, the Oscar-winning animator, director and chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lasseter will receive the honor at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 30.

"Cubby Broccoli was the Britannia's first honoree when the awards were originated over 20 years ago," BAFTA L.A. chairman Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement. "By creating a global phenomenon with the longest-running film series in cinema history, Cubby's legacy exemplifies what the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution stands for."

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the awards show. The event will air Dec. 4 on the TV Guide Network.


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John Lasseter and David Yates set to be honored by BAFTA Los Angeles

-- Susan King

Photo: Cubby Broccoli, left, and Roger Moore on the set of "Octopussy." Credit: Danjaq & United Artists Corp.

BAFTA Los Angeles to honor Ben Stiller

August 23, 2011 | 11:04 am

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is honoring  Ben Stiller ("There's Something About Mary," "Night at the Museum") with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2011 Los Angeles Britannia Awards Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

"Ben Stiller is a master of comedy who, just like the legendary filmmaker for whom this award is named, embodies the remarkable multi-hyphenate talents of actor, writer, director and producer," said Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance," "American Idol"), chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles.

Helena Bonham Carter, John Lasseter and David Yates will also be honored at the BAFTA Los Angeles event hosted by Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming.

For more information, go to Baftala.org


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-- Susan King

Photo: Ben Stiller. Credit: Alfie Agius



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