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Richard Curtis honored with award

HOLLYWOOD — At the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Nov. 1, everyone was relaxed in the knowledge, as emcee Michael Sheen put it, “that no one will go home a loser who didn’t come here a loser.”

Presenter Bill Nighy introduced honoree Richard Curtis and thanked him for “changing my professional career when he put me in Lycra in ‘Love Actually.'” In accepting the award, Curtis, who was honored for his humanitarian work, said, “It’s sort of a nightmare situation. At last you win an award in front of girls you want to sleep with, but it’s for being a goody- good and so of course they won’t want to even if they are going to anyway.”

While giving a pitch for African aid from the audience, Curtis also talked about the people who helped him, like Sacha Baron Cohen, and how Curtis had to reassure donors that Cohen was kidding when he told them, “£5 will buy a bra for a poor woman in Africa and £500 will buy her a boob job.”

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