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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will receive the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch – Courtesy of RanZag

The highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA Los Angeles, the Britannia Awards celebrate the achievements and honor individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts.

Said Gary Dartnall, Chairman, BAFTA Los Angeles:

“Benedict Cumberbatch has had a remarkable year, and as one of the UK’s leading talents he truly exemplifies the continued respect that British talents have garnered around the globe.

“Masterfully performing in TV, Film and Theatre and never failing to astound us with his talent and versatility, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to honor Benedict as our British Artist of the Year.”

In addition to Cumberbatch, BAFTA Los Angeles will also honor the following Britannia Award recipients at the ceremony:

  • Academy® and BAFTA Award winner George Clooney, who will receive the prestigious Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.
  • Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.
  • Academy® and BAFTA Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.

Previous recipients of the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year include Emily Blunt, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Craig, Michael Sheen, Tilda Swinton, Rachel Weisz, and Kate Winslet.

The Britannia Awards will be held Saturday, 9 November 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach, and archival projects.

BBC America will broadcast the Britannia Awards on Sunday, 10 November 2013, at 8PM Eastern as a two-hour special that will include footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.



Britannia Awards to Honor Benedict Cumberbatch