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BAFTA Los Angeles presented Sacha Baron Cohen with a Britannia Award for comedy in 2013.
BAFTA/ Michael KovakThe Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade, a celebration of achievements honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts. In 2013, actor, writer and producer Sacha Baron Cohen was honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
<Sacha Baron Cohen on the red carpet with Salma Hayek and Isla Fisher
BAFTA LA/ Kevin WinterThe award was presented at the annual gala ceremony in November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The presentation was made by actress Salma Hayek who described Sacha to have "consistently demonstrated total courage as an artist. He has literally risked his life to make us laugh." Salma's speech was followed by a rather shocking incident when Sacha took to the stage to accept his Britannia.
Sacha Baron Cohen making his acceptance speech during the Britannia Awards ceremony>
“Sacha's bravery and comic ingenuity is richly deserving of an honor that bears the name of Charlie Chaplin. We are delighted to be honoring him at this year's Britannia Awards," said Gary Dartnall, Chairman, BAFTA Los Angeles.
The Britannia Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
honoring individuals and companies that have dedicated their careers to advancing the entertainment arts.