The Britannia Awards is presented by BAFTA Los Angeles, a branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Established in 1989, the Britannia Awards considered as "a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities." The ceremony honors "individuals and companies who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image." Read on to learn more about the 2014 Britannia Awards.
On Thursday night, Oct. 30, 2014, Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Judi Dench were all honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards.
The annual event held at the Beverly Hilton was a dynamic affair. It was hosted for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon ("My Trip To Italy"). Brydon welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger.
The Britannia Awards 2014 are presented to celebrities including:
- Robert Downey Jr. – Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film
- Judi Dench – Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment
- Mike Leigh – John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing
- Emma Watson – Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy
- Mark Ruffalo – Britannia Humanitarian Award
The 2014 Britannia Awards ceremony also served to be a great experience early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for prospective nominees like Britannia Award honorees Robert Downey Jr. ("The Judge"), Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"), and director Mike Leigh ("Mr. Turner"). The introduction of all the honoree was done by associates and co-stars. Then they are greeted with a video showcasing professional accomplishments.
English film, stage and television actress, occasional singer and author Dench said she was "overwhelmed" and "very proud" to be awarded the worldwide contribution award. The award is named in honor of James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli.
Former "Harry Potter" star and a UN ambassador, Watson was named British Artist of the Year. She dedicated her award to a departed set-pet from her youth.
“This is for my hamster Millie!” said Watson.
Downey Jr. was handed the Stanley Kubrick Award for excellence in film. The “Iron Man” and “The Judge” actor said that the award he received named after “The Shining” director Kubrick meant "a heck of a lot" to him.
"I love British film-makers, and they have such a great talent pool," said Downey Jr.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy to Julia Louis-Dreyfus by her “Veep” creator/producer Armando Iannucci. Dreyfus had won five Emmys, which she called “the equivalent of one BAFTA.”
“The Normal Heart” actor Ruffalo is honored with Britannia Humanitarian Award for his clean-water passion project — Water Defense.
“Our whole existence relies on water … But our system is under tremendous strain,” said Ruffalo.
The director Leigh delivered the best speech of the night. He received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing from a fellow colleague Jim Sheridan.
“When they rang me up and asked if I would present this award to Mike Leigh I said, 'Mike Leigh? I hate Mike Leigh.' Like everytime I make a depressing movie, he comes along and makes a really depressing movie and gets all the awards,” said Leigh to express amusement.
Leigh thanked the people who made it possible to do the unconventional things he was getting this award for.
The 2014 Britannia Awards airs Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on BBC America.
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