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BAFTA/LA to Honor Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, James Corden

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its Oct. 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon.

Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Warren Beatty, Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Sean Penn, Steven Spielberg and Denzel Washington.

Mendes will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign. The award is named for the great British director. Mendes had a notable theatre career before earning an Academy Award for his first film, “American Beauty,” and directs the new James Bond movie, “Spectre.” Past recipients include Mike Newell, Danny Boyle, Christopher Nolan, David Yates, Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow.

James Corden will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry, which honors a person who represents the best of British talent. Corden, who has won a Tony Award and starred in films including “Into the Woods,” also hosts CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Prior recipients include Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, and Rachel Weisz.

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BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said, “Once again, we are delighted to kick off the 2015 Awards calendar with a show that celebrates the enduring collaboration between the British and American media industries.”

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade. The honors are presented annually at a gala dinner. Proceeds support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

British Academy Britannia Awards co-chairs are Deborah Kolar and Adam Bialow. Done + Dusted will produce this year’s ceremony, presented by American Airlines. D+D creative director is Hamish Hamilton.

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