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The BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in 2008

6 November 2008
BAFTA Los Angeles/Berliner Studios

Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Stephen Frears and Tilda Swinton were honoured at this year’s BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards Presented by Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Tilda Swinton added to her BAFTA collection at this year's BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards Presented by Bombardier Business Aircraft on Thursday November 6, 2008. After winning a Supporting Actress BAFTA at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, the Michael Clayton star was presented with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

Stephen Frears was honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing, and Don Cheadle was this year’s recipient of the BAFTA Los Angeles Humanitarian Award Presented by Volvo.

The recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film was the BAFTA-nominated actor and director Sean Penn.

"As a celebrated actor, director and producer, Sean has become a film icon over the past three decades," says BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman Peter Morris. "The roles and subject matter he chooses to tackle as a filmmaker are both challenging and inspiring to audiences worldwide."

The list of Award presenters included Annette Bening, Jack Black and Hugh Laurie at a star-studded evening at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. British-born singer and guitarist Gavin Rossdale performed.

[PHRASE|As a celebrated actor, director and producer, Sean has become a film icon over the past three decades]

The Britannia Award is BAFTA Los Angeles' highest accolade, a celebration of achievement honouring individuals and companies who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the entertainment arts. The Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the distinguished honourees.

Awards Recipients in 2008

  • SEAN PENN, Honoree, The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film
  • TILDA SWINTON, Honoree, The Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year
  • STEPHEN FREARS, Honoree, The John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing
  • DON CHEADLE, Honoree, The BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award Presented by Volvo

*Discover the full list of Britannia winners