BAFTA LA to honour Yates, Lasseter
by Naman Ramachandran
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Los Angeles will present BAFTA winning British director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [+see also:
film profile]) with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on November 30.
Oscar winning writer/director John Lasseter (Cars 2) will be presented the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. The Britannia Award is BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest honour.
Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles said, “John Lasseter and David Yates are master creators of joy and imagination. Their high standard of art, perception and pure entertainment is unparalleled. The worldwide success of Mr. Lasseter for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Mr. Yates’ contribution to the final four parts of the Harry Potter franchise makes them global wizards in their own right, and we are delighted to honour these remarkable filmmakers with this year’s Britannia Award.”
Past winners include Colin Firth, Chris Nolan, Dame Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet. Other awards which are presented at the annual Britannia evening include the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, and the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy.
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