Ang Lee to Be Honored at 2016 Britannia Awards

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BAFTA LA will present the director of the upcoming 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' with its John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence.

Ang Lee will be honored at next fall’s Britannia Awards, where he will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles has scheduled its 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards for Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

A two-time Oscar winner as best director for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain and 2012’s Life of Pi, Lee next directs Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which Sony is releasing Nov. 11.

“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" Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles chairman, said in announcing the honor. "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 Schlesinger Award have included Sam Mendes, Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.

The Britannia Awards recognize British and international talent, with proceeds from the gala supporting BAFTA LA’s ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. The 2016 ceremony will mark the launch of BAFTA’s award season, which will include its BAFTA Tea Party in January in Los Angeles and will conclude with the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb. 12, 2017.