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Benedict Cumberbatch to Receive BAFTA LA's British Artist of the Year Award at 2013 Britannias

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 5, 2013 at 2:58PM

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced it will honor Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be presented on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cumberbatch will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.
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Benedict Cumberbatch in "Star Trek Into Darkness"
Benedict Cumberbatch in "Star Trek Into Darkness"

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced it will honor Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be presented on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cumberbatch will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. 

He joins previously announced honorees George Clooney, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Kathryn Bigelow, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing; and Ben Kingsley who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.

The British Artist of the Year award pays tribute to a talented Brit artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship. Cumberbatch's numerous 2013 screen credits include "Star Trek Into Darkness," and the upcoming "The Fifth Estate," "August: Osage County," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." 

Previous  recipients include Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.