George Clooney Tapped for BAFTA L.A.'s Brittania Award

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor George Clooney with its Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, named after legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

The award, presented by BBC America, will be dished out Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, aiming to honor individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts.

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The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award is presented to an individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment and who has lifted the craft to new heights.

"George Clooney is without question one of our industry's true icons. His work has captivated audiences from all corners of the globe, and BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to be celebrating his immeasurable contributions to our craft," said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Gary Dartnall. "We are also especially pleased to be continuing our partnership with BBC America, whose support and primetime broadcast of the ceremony will ensure that viewers around the country will be able to celebrate the occasion with us."

Britannia Award co-chairs Deborah Kolar and Rebecca Segal cited Clooney's extensive career as a filmmaker, actor and humanitarian in making the decision to give him the nod.

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For the second year in a row, the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards will be broadcast on BBC America, airing in primetime Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET as a two-hour special including footage of the Britannia Awards Red Carpet.

"BBC America is pleased to continue a successful partnership with BAFTA Los Angeles by once again bringing this prestigious award ceremony to our viewers,” said Perry Simon, GM of BBC America. “With some of the industry’s biggest talent being honored from the U.S. and the U.K., the awards embody the spirit of our brand in every way."

Previous recipients of the Kubrick award 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.

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