BAFTA event attacts celebs
The Britannia Awards more than made up for its compact roster of honorees with clips and a multitude of presenters at the Nov. 4 Beverly Hilton event.Tom Hanks took the prize for the largest number of presenters with six — four from “The Band of Brothers” including E Company’s real-life Edward “Babe” Heffron and William “Wild Bill” Guarnere — as well as Meg Ryan and “Polar Express” helmer Robert Zemeckis. “I’ve worked three times with the incandescent Meg Ryan and I’d work with her three times more,” Hanks said. “I worked three times with Robert Zemeckis and he tried to kill me.” Host Craig Ferguson joked, “There must have been planeloads of celebrities coming here,” as Brian Cox, Colin Farrell and Anjelica Huston did the honors for Jim Sheridan, while Michael Caine was sufficient for Helen Mirren. Among those at the event were Peter Hunt, British consul in Los Angeles; BAFTA/LA’s Gary Dartnall and Don Haber; plus guests Rita Wilson, Nia Vardalos with Ian Gomez, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.