HOLLYWOOD — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor director Peter Weir with the new John Schlesinger Britannia Award for artistic excellence at the 12th Britannia Awards on Nov. 8 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to be honoring director Peter Weir who has made some of the finest films of our time,” BAFTA/LA chairman Gary Dartnall said. “His films, including ‘Witness,’ ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ and ‘The Truman Show,’ have influenced filmmakers for more than 25 years.”

The new award is named after British producer/director John Schlesinger.

As previously announced, actor Hugh Grant will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for film excellence at the same awards show.