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Matt Damon soon will have a piece of Stanley Kubrick on his mantle. The actor-writer-producer has been tapped to receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.
Damon will take the stage at the event, as will previously announced honorees Dick Van Dyke, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy and Kenneth Branagh. Hosted by British comedian Jack Whitehall, the awards ceremony, sponsored by title sponsor AMD and presenting sponsors American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover, is set to be held Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton.
In making the announcement, BAFTA LA chairman Kieran Breen praised Damon as “undoubtedly one of the most talented and respected actors working in film today.” He continued: “Having made a remarkable impact at a young age with Good Will Hunting, he has developed a phenomenal career — combining both big-budget studio movies and acclaimed independent films. As a favorite of some of the top contemporary directors in our industry, it seems particularly fitting that we are honoring his career with an award bearing the name of the legendary Stanley Kubrick.”
The prize, presented by Newegg, is given to a “unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights,” said the org.
Damon will follow in the footsteps of such previous recipients as Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington, among others.
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