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Connolly to emcee BAFTA presentation

Travolta to receive 8th annual Britannia Award

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly — best known in the U.S. for his turn opposite Judi Dench in the period pic “Mrs. Brown” — will be the master of ceremonies at this year’s BAFTA L.A. presentation of the Britannia Award to John Travolta.

The ceremony, which will be held Oct. 15 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel, will be Connolly’s second gig as emcee, following his appearance at the 1997 event, when his outrageous and hilarious lines had audiences in fits.

Travolta was an attendee at last year’s dinner, to see his pal and “Mad City” co-star Dustin Hoffman receive the 7th annual nod.

Connolly is currently filming Franchise Pictures’ “The Boondock Saints,” with Willem Dafoe. His next appearance in theaters is in Stanley Tucci’s “The Impostors,” which Fox Searchlight releases Oct. 9.

Other previous winners are Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Hopkins, Martin Scorsese, Peter Ustinov, Michael Caine and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli.

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