Renowned British comedian James Veitch will host the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards. James is known for his unashamedly nerdy and comical stand up material. He has sold out shows throughout the world, as well as done three TED Talks – one of which has become the most viewed video of all time on TED’s YouTube channel. He currently resides in the Top 3 of the most popular talks of all time on TED.com. Veitch has written and performed two viral hit seasons of his show Scamalot with Mashable and made two appearances on TBS’ Conan, who supported him on his national tour in 2018
Actor Vin Diesel will present Jackie Chan with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, while actor and musician Donald Glover will present Phoebe Waller-Bridge with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will present Jordan Peele with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing Presented by Cunard, and actor and comedian John C. Reilly will present Steve Coogan with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy Presented by Jaguar Land Rover. Award-winning actress Kerry Washington will present Norman Lear with the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television.
This year also sees the introduciton of a new award designed by Gary McMonnies. The new Britannia Award that will be presented at this year’s ceremony looks to both tradition and innovation in its core design. The award was made in the same foundry as the bronze BAFTA award originally designed by Mitzi Cunliffe, and manufactured by New Pro Foundries, who have crafted each BAFTA award since 1976. The granite bases were provided by Rosslyn Stone, the same suppliers who have also historically provided the iconic masks. In the new award, the instantly recognizable and iconic BAFTA mask is suspended in a half globe, with metal lines representing the lines of latitude and longitude. The award symbolizes the idea that BAFTA operates in an industry that thrives on global collaboration and international cultural exchange.
McMonnies was a participant of the BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program, which is a new talent initiative that recognizes and supports up and coming international talent who have recently moved to Los Angeles, creating community and helping them grow through access to career furthering opportunities.
The British Academy Britannia Awards is BAFTA’s biggest event outside of the U.K. This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover.
For the second year, BritBox will stream the annual British Academy Britannia Awards live to U.S. and Canada as part of a multi-year partnership between BAFTA Los Angeles and the subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV. The show will also be broadcast on Cosmote TV in Greece, Direct TV in Latin America and Nine Network in Australia. World-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce the ceremony, and Alex Rudzinski (Grease Live!, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, World of Dance, The Masked Singer), will direct the awards ceremony.