BAFTA draws a stellar turnout

Britannia Awards feature Roberts, Washington, etc

Even as the WGA was planning its strike strategy, BAFTA/LA drew a stellar turnout for the Britannia Awards Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Thesp Kate Winslet said what was probably in most honorees’ minds when she received her kudo, “It’s so nice to be at an awards ceremony and know you’re actually going to win.” While helmer Martin Campbell said, “I’m afraid this might be one of those lifetime achievement awards, which means my career is over and no one will hire me again.”

Exhorted by Julia Roberts “to do what everyone came to see and it better be good,” Denzel Washington, who received the Stanley Kubrick Award, said simply: “It’s nice to be me.”

Richard Curtis received the org’s inaugural humanitarian award at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for helping Africa’s poor, while New Line toppers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye were lauded for their contributions to international film.

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