Royal wedding adds luster to annual fest

BritWeek piggybacked on the attention for the royal wedding as the fifth edition launched at a reception Tuesday. Indeed, Barbara Hay, the British consul general in Los Angeles, congratulated the Brit Week board on the timing.

“The Brit Week board had a direct line to Buckingham Palace,” she joked. Guests raised a toast to Prince William and Kate Middleton at the fete in the garden, which was bedecked with pink and purple bands of gauzy material.

Even hizzoner Antonio Villaraigosa got into the act. “How many of you are going to watch at 3 a.m.?” he asked before confessing, “I’m TiVoing it.”

Nigel Lythgoe, head of BAFTA/LA, surveyed the scene and said he was very proud of how big the event has become. BritWeek now encompasses several weeks and includes panel discussions, screenings and parties.

“Grand oaks grow from small acorns,” Lythgoe said. “I want to bring more young groups here from the U.K. and see them developing.”

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