Ewan McGregor Selected to Receive Humanitarian Award at 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multitalented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles.
Ewan McGregor, who just screened his directorial debut American Pastoral at the Toronto International Film Festival, has secured his first honor during the upcoming awards season: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will present the actor-filmmaker with the Britannia Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.
The annual gala is scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hosted by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, the event will also feature honorees Ang Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais. TV and event production company Done + Dusted will produce the ceremony.
The Britannia Humanitarian Award is presented to an industry name "who has used the art form of the moving image or their position in the entertainment industry to create positive social change, and actively shine a light on important humanitarian issues," according to the organization. Previous recipients include Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom.
McGregor follows in their footsteps based on the work that he has done on behalf of UNICEF, having recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are affecting the lives of children. “Ewan McGregor is not only a multitalented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor."
McGregor, who was born in Perth, Scotland, can be seen in American Pastoral, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Philip Roth. He will star in the film opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lionsgate will release the film Oct. 21.