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The 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards will be hosted once again by a familiar face: British comedian Jack Whitehall.
Whitehall, who hosted in 2015, will be joined at the ceremony by previously announced honorees Dick Van Dyke (Britannia Award for excellence in television) and Ava DuVernay (John Schlesinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing presented by The GREAT Britain Campaign). Set for Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Britannia Awards are presented by Jaguar Land Rover and American Airlines.
“I hope my return doesn’t disappoint and lives up to the common understanding in Hollywood that sequels are always much better, funnier and more captivating than the originals,” Whitehall said Tuesday in a statement.
Added BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen: “We are thrilled that Jack will be returning to the U.S. this year to host BAFTA’s big night in Hollywood and bringing that perfect balance of charm, sincerity and irreverence that he does so well.”
Whitehall is no stranger to awards shows. He has been honored with People’s Choice honors for the King of Comedy at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 British Comedy Awards. A stand-up and writer, Whitehall is best known for his tours and acting work in such projects as Fresh Meat, Bad Education, Mother’s Day and Decline and Fall, as well as the book Him & Me.
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