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BAFTA LA to Honor Sacha Baron Cohen with Comedy Award at 2013 Britannias

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 9, 2013 at 1:14PM

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced that it will honor Sacha Baron Cohen at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be presented on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Baron Cohen will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
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Sacha Baron Cohen

BAFTA Los Angeles has announced that it will honor Sacha Baron Cohen at the 2013 Britannia Awards, to be presented on November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Baron Cohen will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

He joins previously announced honorees Benedict Cumberbatch, who will receive the British Artist of the Year Award; 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.

The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, named after the consummate British comedian, pays tribute to talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplify comedic excellence. Baron Cohen's screen credits include writing and starring in "Borat," "Bruno" and "The Dictator," and he recently sang and danced in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

Previous recipients of this honor include Betty White, Ben Stiller, and Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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