The British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Los Angeles has announced that it will honour James Corden, Meryl Streep and Sam Mendes at this year’s Britannia Awards.
Streep will recieve the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which is awarded to “a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft [of film]to new heights.”. Previous recipients of the award include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.
Mendes, who has directed the next James Bond film Spectre, will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Mendes enjoyed a successful career as a theatre director before branching out into film, winning an Academy Award for his first movie, American Beauty. Previous recipients of the award include Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.
Meanwhile, Corden, who recently took over from Craig Ferguson as presenter of The Late Late Show on CBS, will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. The award honours a person representing the best of British screen talent. Previous recipients include Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, and Rachel Weisz.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton on 30th October. The BAFTA LA chairman, Kieran Breen called the event “a show that celebrates the enduring collaboration between the British and American media industries.”
More honourees are expected to be announced in the coming days.