BAFTA/LA to honor Kirk Douglas

Actor recognized for contributions to entertainment

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles will honor Kirk Douglas for his contributions to entertainment at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Nov. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Colin Firth is set to receive the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award, and director Danny Boyle will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing.

BAFTA/LA previously announced that Robert De Niro will receive this year's Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film and that Emily Blunt is the recepient of the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

"Kirk Douglas is an acting institution whose iconic roles have made him an archetypal international movie star," BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris said. "His filmography is second to none and outside the world of film he has continued to inspire audiences worldwide through his books and his charitable endeavors."

Stephen Fry will serve as master of ceremonies at the event.