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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA/LA)
By: Annie & Philip Brook, On The BAFTA/LA Beat
Founded in 1987, BAFTA Los Angeles serves as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities and The Anglophile Channel enjoys covering it’s many exciting events! BAFTA/LA’s commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of all activity, including an award-winning community outreach programme, screenings, seminars, Behind Closed Doors series, Q&As, scholarships for British students studying in the US, a Newcomers Program for emerging British talents working in the US, and a Heritage Archive project that preserves in-depth interviews with the industry’s leading talents for future generations. BAFTA Los Angeles celebrates and promotes excellence through its annual Britannia Awards, Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties and the Student Film Awards.
Learn more at: www.bafta.org/losangeles
2015 Britannia Awards
Another brilliant night at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards!
The Anglophile Channel was on hand to cover one of the most exciting awards events in Los Angeles, the 2015 Britannia Awards…the official kick off to award season in Hollywood!
This year’s stellar list of honorees included: Orlando Bloom, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Sam Mendes, James Corden and Amy Schumer
-Philip Brook, On The BAFTA/LA Beat
In a year where women’s equality is at the forefront of discussion in the entertainment business, Meryl Streep, in her acceptance speech for the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, made note of the fact that the award had only previously been given to men. Streep currently stars in the film Suffragette.
James Corden, honored with the British Artist of the Year, had a particularly moving, and entertaining, speech as he spoke about his decision to move to LA to “give it a shot” as host of The Late, Late Show for CBS and what a support his wife was. He also razzes La Streep for pulling focus by also receiving a Britannia award in the same year that he is being honored.
SPECTRE Director Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. He regaled with an amusing speech that included his Top 10 Tips for a young director considering taking on a blockbuster franchise series.
The Anglophile Channel chatted with Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award honoree, Harrison Ford, who gave us a tease on whether or not there will be another Indian Jones movie!
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams, who presented to Harrison Ford, said of the actor, “he is the kind of movie star they just don’t make any more.”
How right Abrams was, as Ford’s presence at at the Britannias brought an element of old Hollywood and class to the evening. An element that’s often lost at today’s award shows which tend to cater to a younger audience…which is probably why Amy Schumer was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Her acceptance speech was littered with x-rated ‘comedic’ quips, that I dare not repeat here, but apparently the material is ‘de rigueur’ for Hollywood’s current Comedy “It” girl. This award was an unusual choice in my opinion, as I can think of a plethora of more accomplished and notable comedic artists better suited for an award that carries the name of a screen legend such as Charlie Chaplin.
The most impressive honoree of the night, for me, was Orlando Bloom who was honored for his humanitarian work with UNICEF. His speech revealed a caring man who has used his celebrity in the best possible way, to bring awareness to those in need.
The Britannia awards are always an exciting evening because we get to see the union of British-American creative artistry come together.
To see more coverage on this year’s Britannia awards visit: http://www.baftala.org
2015 Britannia Awards: Tickets Now on Sale to the Public!
Imagine rubbing shoulders with the likes of Orlando Bloom, Meryl Streep or James Corden? Perhaps toasting to Hollywood legend, Harrison Ford? Well, grab your best frock or tux because tickets are now available for the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards…and the public is invited to attend!
Held at the legendary Beverly Hilton (Home of the Golden Globe Awards!) your ticket will include the arrivals reception, dinner, ceremony and after-party! Special VIP packages and tables are also available. Who knows who you might bump into….
The Britannias are the biggest British night in the Hollywood calendar and considered the official kick-off to awards season! A dazzling event where Brits and Anglophiles alike come together to take over Los Angeles for an evening to honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond.
This year’s Britannia Award honorees list boasts the best Hollywood and Britain has to offer! Meryl Streep will be presented with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The GREAT Britain Campaign, James Corden will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry, and Amy Schumer will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak. Orlando Bloom will be the recipient of the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by The Beazley Group, and Harrison Ford will be presented with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
Honorees over the years have included Sir Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Clint Eastwood, Dame Helen Mirren, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Kate Winslet, Robert DeNiro, Daniel Day Lewis and George Clooney.
Our particular favorite moment….
British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall will take over hosting duties this year. Whitehall is one of the UK’s biggest and most popular comedy talents. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Pleasance Theatre’s Comedy Reserve. He is a regular panelist on the game show “A League of Their Own.”
The 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards will air in the US on PopTV on Friday, November 6 at 9pm. The show will also air in the UK and other broadcasters in Europe, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and Asia, allowing BAFTA to reach countries across the world, showing the true global influence of the British entertainment community.
And of course, as always…The Anglophile Channel will be there to cover this exciting event for all our Anglophile fans around the world! Here are some highlights from last year’s amazing red carpet:
Of course, it’s not all about red carpet frocks and hobnobbing with the stars. The evening also has a special and worthwhile charitable purpose. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects!
So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets before they’re all gone! I’d like to personally request a seat next to Colin Firth, if he’s attending…..thank you very much.
For more information on sponsorships and tickets contact: MTA Events at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-906-0240.
See you at the Britannias!
Lady Anglophile….already fretting over what frock to choose!
2015 BAFTA/LA TV TEA
There is nothing quite so quintessentially British than Afternoon Tea. Each year prior to the Emmy Awards, nominees and industry executives gather for tea (and other delightful refreshments) to celebrate the year’s achievements in TV. This year’s event was held at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills. Guests included Downton Abbey favorites such as Lesley Nichol, Laura Carmichael, Creator Julian Fellowes and Executive Producer Gareth Neame as well as Tatiana Maslany ,Michael Kelly, Armando Iannucci (Ah-ha!) Sophie Turner and Jonathan Banks!
Of course The Anglophile Channel was there to cover the event for our fans around the world…and we are never one to pass up tea and scones!
A chat with Orphan Black’s Emmy-nominated Tatiana Maslany!
For more Anglophile Channel coverage of the 2015 BAFTA/LA TV Tea please visit our web-channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkNYHufp1-2Hw99bC26Dnw
For more photos from the 2015 BAFTA/LA TV Tea visit: http://www.bafta.org/los-angeles/events-initiatives/bafta-la-tv-tea-party-2015
The Stars Come Out For 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards
British and Hollywood royalty alike shared the red carpet on Thursday night as the stars came out for the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.
The glittering night included British Honorees Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh, along with American honorees Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Julia Louis Drefus. Joining them were a host of exciting film and television stars such as Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Ceclia Imrie (The Second Best Marigold Hotel) and Hollywood legend, Dustin Hoffman…just to name a few!
The Anglophile Channel was honored to be on the red carpet to chat with many honorees, dignitaries and presenters. Here are some of our favorite moments:
The Britannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA/LA and is a celebration of achievement honoring individuals and companies from the US, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.
This year’s ceremony was once again, hosted by comedian, Rob Brydon who threw down another “impression challenge” for his “The Trip” co-star, Steve Coogan:
What we love about events like this is the combination of legendary artists such as Dame Judi, mixed with the younger generation of talent, such as Emma Watson who represents the future of the entertainment industry. Absolutely electric.
Dame Judi was honored with Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment for her amazing six-decade career, while Emma Watson was honored with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Dench regaled the crowd with a story of being told that she would never be in films due to her ‘face not being properly arranged’, along with the revelation that she has Harvey Weinstein’s tattoo on her ”bum”…and THAT’S why we love Dame Judi!~
In Watson’s acceptance speech she spoke of her years growing up on the Harry Potter set, and how the British film industry has been more than just a workplace for her, it became her second home, a surrogate family if you will. She dedicated her award to her hamster Millie who met with an untimely demise during the filming the first Potter film.
Our main focus at The Anglophile Channel is celebrating and promoting all things in British Entertainment, Arts & Culture…therefore, going after celebrity interviews is not always our main objective. Having the opportunity to speak to British dignitaries is equally important to us and is as great…if not greater…an honor. Such was the case when British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, British Consul-General Chris O’Connor and BAFTA/LA Chairman Nigel Daley all stopped by to chat with us on the red carpet!
There’s no doubt, however, that we do love looking at all the lovely ladies in their red carpet fashions. The biggest hit of the night for us was Jenna Coleman who stunned in a Victoria Beckham yellow halter-neck dress.
Jenna stopped to talk to us about her recent role as the hysterically dramatic Lydia Wickham in the BBC production of Death Comes to Pemberley and shared what her favorite Doctor Who episode was!
My secret crush, Stephen Magnan (Episodes) and the lovely Celia Imrie (The Second Best Marigold Hotel) were a pure delight to talk to and was quite impressed that there was such a thing as an Anglophile Channel! Spread the word guys!
We were equally excited to get our “Daily Dose of Downton” thanks to Downton Abbey star, Allen Leech who spoke to us about his appearance in the upcoming, The Imitation Game as well as gave us a ‘wee bit’ of what to expect in Season 5 for Downton! Yes, he was adorable.
British director, Mike Leigh (Mr Turner) was honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing (Presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign) Presenting to Mr. Leigh was another great British director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of The Father) who expressed to us what an honor it was to present the award to someone he considered to be the best director in Britain!
The two films receiving the most pre-Oscar buzz these days are The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything…both starring British talent and both films centering on the lives of brilliant, ground-breaking Brits, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking respectively.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Theory of Everything screenwriter, Anthony McCarten.
The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum spoke to us about the importance of bringing Alan Turing’s story to the big screen and how he thought of Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role.
Cumberbatch who was last year’s British Artist of The Year recipient, was not at this year’s event…but that did not stop his name from being on everyone’s lips! Here is what everyone was saying about the UK’s hottest export:
So it was another exciting BAFTA event celebrating the best in film and television from both Britain and America! Thank you BAFTA/LA for having The Anglophile Channel at another classy British soiree!
Lady Anglophile…picking out her gown for next year!
Join us for the Britannia Awards!
Have you picked out your frock yet? Well you better get shopping because the Britannia Awards are just around the corner! You can join BAFTA/LA for an evening with the stars on October 30th and the lovely Beverly Hilton Hotel Ballroom (incidentally…my Senior Prom was held in that room)
Join Dame Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh, Mark Ruffalo, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as they’re honored by a host of surprise appearances and guests! Hmm, I wonder who they’ll be? Fingers crossed they book the Cumberbabe again as he created quite the frenzy on last year’s red carpet!
Don’t miss out, book your ticket, and celebrate at this year’s Britannias!
Well…you don’t have to ask Lady Anglophile twice!
Visit BAFTA/LA for more info: http://www.bafta.org/losangeles/awards/britannia-awards-ticketing-information,4342,BA.html
Lady Anglophile…prepping my acceptance speech!
The Britannia British Accent Challenge!
Everything is better with a British accent…don’t you agree? Well, imagine your favorite iconic “NON-British” movie line said with a British accent! What would that sound like?
How would Tom Cruise sound shouting “Give me the money!” in a classic English accent? What would Al Pacino’s memorable line from Scarface, “Say Hello to my little friends…” sound like as a Brit?
Now, here’s your chance to find out!
The BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards are putting out a challenge. Recite your favorite piece of movie dialogue…but in a British accent!! Video tape yourself reciting your line and tag the video #Britannias and upload to YouTube and share you video on Twitter @BAFTALA! YOU could be featured on the upcoming BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards telecast on November 2nd on BBCAmerica. For inspiration, take a look at Robert DeNiro transforming his iconic character, Travis Bickle, from “Taxi Driver”, into a Brit:
Hmm, now…what to do if all your favorite movie lines are ALREADY in a British accent??
Follow ALL our Britannia Awards cover on our special BAFTA/LA Page: http://wp.me/P3Ge8x-yZ
Good Luck Everyone! I can’t wait to see your videos!
Lady Anglophile…Practicing her BEST Scarlett O’Har as a Brit! #FiddleDeeDeeTomorrowIsAnotherDay
BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES®
TO HONOR JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
AT THE 2014 BAFTA LOS ANGELES JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS
Los Angeles, October 6, 2014 –The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced today that it will honor award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, at the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC AMERICA and United Airlines on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
For the second year in a row, the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards will be hosted by British actor and comedian, Rob Brydon. BBC AMERICA will broadcast the event for the third consecutive year, on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9pm ET.
“I am delighted that Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been chosen to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award this year,” stated BAFTA LA Chairman Nigel Daly. “Her ability to create iconic, enduring characters like Selina Meyer, Christine Campbell, Elaine Benes, and her most recent role as Eva in ‘Enough Said,’ is such that it is impossible to imagine the last 20 years of comedy without her. We are delighted to have this opportunity to honor her extraordinary career at the Britannia Awards.”
BAFTA Los Angeles previously announced the rest of this year’s honorees, including; Robert Downey Jr. who will accept the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Mike Leigh, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign; Emma Watson who will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry; Mark Ruffalo who will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award; and Dame Judi Dench who will receive theAlbert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
“Julia Louis-Dreyfus follows in the footsteps of Lucille Ball and other great comic actresses of our era. She is a truly unique talent and highly deserving of this honor,” commented Britannia Award Co-Chairs Bumble Ward and Deborah Kolar.
The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy bears the name of the consummate British comedic artist and one of the most universally recognized personalities in the history of entertainment. The Award recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.
PRESENTED BY BBC AMERICA ON OCTOBER 30, 2014
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced the honorees for the 2014 Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America and United Airlines and they are:
Robert Downey Jr
Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film which is presented 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. Prior recipients of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film include Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.
John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing (Presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign) The honor pays tribute to the legacy of the brilliant British director who made an unprecedented contribution to one of the great periods in American cinema. Recipients of this honor are deeply respected, distinctive and innovative directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession.
Britannia Humanitarian Award for his work with Water Defense. The non-profit organization Ruffalo co-founded, is dedicated to using technology and public engagement to keep waterways and drinking water sources free from contamination and industrial degradation. TheBritannia Humanitarian Award is presented to a colleague who has used their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues. The award has previously recognized Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle and Colin Firth.
Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year (Presented by Burberry) This honor pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship. Whether an emerging talent, or an established name, the British Artist of the Year honors a person who represents the best of British talent. Prior recipients include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz, and more.
Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment
Recipients are that rare breed of iconic and trail-blazing individuals whose innovative approach has had a profound, lasting impact on the entertainment industry and whose contributions to the moving image are second to none.
The Britannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA Los Angeles, and is a celebration of achievement honoring individuals and companies who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.
Perry Simon, General Manager, BBC AMERICA said: “We are thrilled to partner once again with BAFTA Los Angeles to bring this outstanding event to our BBC AMERICA audience. The Britannia Awards have become one of the most prestigious events in Hollywood, and this year’s line-up of honorees continues that proud tradition.”
Returning as host will be British actor and comedian Rob Brydon. The awards will be handed out on October 30th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be broadcast on BBC America on Sunday November 2. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
The Anglophile Channel hopes to bring you full coverage from the red carpet!
Here is last year’s British Artist of the Year Award recipient Benedict Cumberbatch accepting his Britannia Award.
Lady Anglophile…Red Carpet ready!