| Mike Cidoni Lennox |
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) – There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honouring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.
But most of the attendees Thursday night were Brits – no surprise, given the party was thrown by the LA branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Downey received the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, named after the legendary director of such films as “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
“This (award) means a heck of a lot to me,” said Downey. “I love British filmmakers, and they have such a great talent pool.”
Oscar-winning actress Dench was honoured with the Albert R (“Cubby”) Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution in Entertainment, na-med after one of the original producers of the James Bond films.
Noted Dench, “Well, I’m rather overwhelmed… because I didn’t ever expect to have a film career at all. I never knew Cubby Broccoli, although I know, of course, (Albert’s daughter) Barbara Broccoli and (Barbara’s half-brother and Bond series producer) Michael Wilson very well.
“And I’ve had 17 years of doing Bond, which has been just wonderful.
So, I’m very, very proud that I shall have some-thing that is named after Cubby.”
Dench and fellow honouree Watson posed together for photographers on the arrivals line.
Watson, named Britannia British Artist of the Year, said Dench is “just all soul and all grace and strength and beauty, and she really, for me, she’s an iconic British actor. She’s what you aspire to be”.