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05 Apr 2016

BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES TO HONOR ANG LEE AT THE 2016 BRITISH ACADEMY BRITANNIA AWARDS

Ceremony To Take Place Friday, October 28, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Los Angeles, April 5, 2016:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor award-winning director Ang Lee with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards.  The annual celebration marks the Brits biggest night out in the US, and this year will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Ang Lee is truly one of the great visionary directors of our time, with a remarkable international career that continually demonstrates bold choices and provocative perspectives" said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman. "From Sense and Sensibility to Life of Pi, Mr. Lee has had a special place in BAFTA’s heart, and we are looking forward to honoring his remarkable career at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.”

Recipients of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award are deeply respected, distinctive and innovative directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession. Past recipients include Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow.

The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, 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 cross-cultural collaboration allows the BAFTA community to shine a spotlight on the Hollywood industry while hosting an evening of fun and British irreverence. The awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, and a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the moving image arts. The evening recognizes outstanding British talent or exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work, and celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries.

The 2015 ceremony took place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and was hosted by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall.  Harrison Ford received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group, Meryl Streep received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak. The British Academy Britannia Awards is produced through a partnership between BAFTA Los Angeles and Done & Dusted. Event Production and Management is by MTA Events.

Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

The British Academy Britannia Awards is a key event in the awards season, which will include BAFTA’s highly anticipated Tea Party in January and the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on February 12, 2017.

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About BAFTA and BAFTA Los Angeles
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. To access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

Founded in 1987, BAFTA Los Angeles serves as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities. Its 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.

BAFTA Los Angeles is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation and relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing work. www.bafta.org/losangeles