Benedict Cumberbatch has been named British Artist of the Year by BAFTA’s LA branch. He will be honored at the org’s 2013 Britannia Awards for representing “the best of UK talent.” The busy actor has three films bowing in Toronto starting with today’s world premiere of The Fifth Estate, in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He also appears in fest titles 12 Years A Slave and August: Osage County. As Deadline reported yesterday, he is negotiating to star in James Gray’s Lost City Of Z. He’s also due to return to television in the upcoming third season of the BBC’s Sherlock. The Britannia Awards will be held on November 9 in Beverly Hills and will air on BBC America the following evening. Other honorees this year include George Clooney, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley.
George Clooney won a BAFTA award earlier this year in London for producing Ben Affleck’s Argo. On November 9, he’ll pick up his second BAFTA-sanctioned prize, this time from the org’s Los Angeles branch during its annual awards in Beverly Hills. The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film goes to a “unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” BBC America will air the event on November 10. Here’s the full press release:
Los Angeles, September 19, 2012 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has announced they will honor Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Will Wright at the 2012 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the first time ever, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 11, 2012 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special, preceded by the Britannia Awards Pre-show Special at 7:30pm ET.