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Ben Stiller to be honored at the 2011 Britannia Awards

23 August 2011

Comic performer and filmmaker Ben Stiller will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy

BAFTA Los Angeles will honor Ben Stiller with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Wednesday, November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the entertainment arts.

“Ben Stiller is a master of comedy who, just like the legendary filmmaker for whom this award is named, embodies the remarkable multi-hyphenate talents of actor, writer, director and producer,” says Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles. “Having worked with him personally on a couple of ‘IDOL GIVES BACK’ shows, I am more than delighted that BAFTA Los Angeles has selected him to join our other 2011 distinguished honorees to receive this outstanding honor.”

Stiller joins the previously announced Helena Bonham Carter who will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, John Lasseter who will be honored with the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment, and David Yates who will be recognized with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. The recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film will be announced shortly.

Emmy nominated and Tony winning actor Alan Cumming will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Cumming’s film and TV credits include The Good Wife, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Eyes Wide Shut, The Tempest and Titus.

The Britannia Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.