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Felicity Jones to Receive BAFTA British Artist of the Year Award

17 September 2016  

THR – Felicity Jones will be honored with BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British artist of the year.

The annual gala celebration will take place on Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, Britannia Awards also will be bestowed upon Ang Lee for excellence in directing, Samuel L. Jackson for worldwide contribution to entertainment and Ricky Gervais for excellence in comedy. Ewan McGregor will be honored with the Britannia humanitarian award.

The artist of the year award, which is presented by Burberry, pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year demonstrate the high quality of his or her craftsmanship and represents the best of British talent. Past recipients include James Corden, Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz.

Jones is best known for her Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated starring role opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. She next stars in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard’s Inferno and J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls.

“Felicity Jones is one of the finest, most sought-after actors of her generation,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said Thursday in a statement. “With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno and A Monster Calls, this year is set to be the one when Felicity’s remarkable talents reach a truly global audience.”

The Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood. The ceremony, which will be hosted for the second year in a row by British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall and is being produced by Done + Dusted, serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American film industries. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.