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Sacha Baron Cohen Lands BAFTA/LA Comedy Honor

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 9:10am PDT

Los Angeles, September 4, 2013 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor actor/writer/producer Sacha Baron Cohen at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards presented by BBC AMERICA on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the second year in a row, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC AMERICA, airing in primetime November 10, 2013 at 8pm ET as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts. Sacha Baron Cohen will receive The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

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Ben Stiller To Receive BAFTA LA Award

Ben Stiller will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, the organization said today. The ceremony is Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton and will be broadcast by TV Guide Network for a second consecutive year. BAFTA has already announced fellow Britannia honorees Helena Bonham Carter, John Lasseter and David Yates; the Stanley Kubrick Award For Excellence In Film is due to be unveiled soon.

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OSCAR: Awards Season Shifts Into Gear

Pete Hammond

If you had any doubt that Oscar season is upon us, the flurry of events and openings this week prove it. The AFI Film Fest  opened last night at Mann’s Chinese with Ed Zwick’s Love And Other Drugs and continues all week with a slew of major contenders getting their official (and unofficial) Los Angeles premieres, including Rabbit Hole, Blue Valentine, Black Swan, Barney’s Version, Casino Jack, Made In Dagenham, and Friday night’s red carpet gala for The Weinstein Company’s The King’s Speech. And across town Thursday night at the Hyatt in Century City, Harvey Weinstein and The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper were hearing lots of praise from the Brits gathered for their black tie Brittania Awards, an annual show put on by BAFTA-LA this year honoring Jeff Bridges, Christopher Nolan, Ridley and Tony Scott, Michael Sheen, and Betty White. Receiving the Charlie Chaplin Britannia for Excellence in Comedy, she teased that she’d never slept with Chaplin, then added, “Well, maybe just once.” 

Hooper had appeared at a BAFTA screening of his film the night before which reportedly played like gangbusters with the understandably partial crowd. Weinstein told me he is “fighting” mad about the MPAA decisions to give his Blue Valentine an NC 17 and King’s Speech a PG 13, the latter for one expletive-laden speech in which Colin Firth’s King George VI tries to lose his stutter through a vocal exercise requiring him to recite a series of bad words. As far as the MPAA is concerned, one “fuck” gets you a PG-13 but two “fucks” get you an R. Harvey pledged to take on the MPAA, at least with Valentine, but has no plans to make cuts in either film. Hooper told me he even refused to put bleeps in the airline version. Speech producer Gareth Unwin, also at the Britannias, told me the version of the scene in the finished film is positively tame compared to a couple of other takes where the King’s language really got down and dirty. If they had known the scene was going to get them an R anyway, Unwin said they might have really gone for the jugular. (Bonus extras on the DVD?) 

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BAFTA/LA’s Free Film Screenings In Parks

baftalogoLos Angeles, CA, July 21, 2010 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) has teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Home Video, The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles, Office of The Mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, The Gang Reduction Youth Development and The Department of Recreation and Parks (Summer Night Lights) programs, to host a free summer screening series. Over the summer, BAFTA/LA will simultaneously screen nine Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Home Video titles in six county parks and 24 city parks across Los Angeles.

The complete list of Warner Bros Pictures films to be screened are Superman II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beetlejuice, Cats and Dogs, The Iron Giant, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, March of the Penguins, The Goonies and Happy Feet. Participating County Parks are: Athens Park, Belvedere Park, Lennox Park, Pamela Park, Roosevelt Park,and Ted Watkins Park. Participating City Parks are: Costello (Lou Costello) Recreation Center, Cypress Park Recreation Center, Delano Recreation Center, Glassell Park Recreation Center, Highland Park Recreation Center, Hubert Humphrey Recreation Center, Imperial Courts Recreation Center, Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Jordan Downs Recreation Center, Lake Street Recreation Center, Lemon Grove Recreation Center, M.L.K. Recreation Center, Mt. Carmel Recreation Center, Normandale Recreation Center, Ramon Garcia Recreation Center, Ramona Gardens Recreation Center, Ross Snyder Recreation Center, Sepulveda Recreation Center, Slauson Recreation Center, South

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