BAFTA/LA delays honors

Sept. 11 attacks push back Brit kudos

BAFTA/LA’s 11th annual Britannia Awards honoring George Lucas and HBO Original Programming has been postponed to April 12. Decision was made jointly by BAFTA/LA and this year’s honorees.

“We decided to postpone the event as we felt the timing, in light of recent events, would be more fitting to celebrate these honors early next year. Our honorees completely agree with our decision and support this change of date,” said BAFTA/LA chairman Gary Dartnall.

A number of British-based participants had expressed concern about traveling to the States in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Lucas will receive BAFTA/LA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and HBO Original Programming the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, at the annual ceremony. Event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) is a professional nonprofit organization, founded in 1987, whose members represent all disciplines of the entertainment business. BAFTA/LA is associated with BAFTA, based in the U.K., which was established in London in 1947.

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