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30 Jun 2016

BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES TO HONOR SAMUEL L. JACKSON AT THE 2016 BRITISH ACADEMY BRITANNIA AWARDS

Los Angeles, June 28, 2016:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) is pleased to announce it will honor award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.

The annual gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the evening will be hosted for a second time by British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, and Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.  World-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce the ceremony.

Recipients of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment are that rare breed of iconic and trail-blazing individuals whose talented, innovative approach and true global appeal has had a profound, lasting impact on the worldwide entertainment industry. Their masterful accomplishments, continue to dazzle, entertain, and inspire audiences around the world.

“Like the distinguished producer after whom this award is named, Samuel L Jackson has made an undeniable contribution to the global film industry” says Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman. “He has provided us with some of the most iconic roles in movie history not to mention some of the classic movie lines of all time.  With a prolific shooting schedule that would put other actors to shame, including some quality time spent in the UK, we are thrilled that he is able to join us for this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards”.

The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent, and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

Appearing in well over 100 films, Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Jackson’s portrayal of ‘Jules’, the philosopher hitman, in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” made an indelible mark on American cinema. In addition to unanimous critical acclaim, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Jackson recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western The Hateful Eight. He starred as Major Marquis Warren, alongside Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Channing Tatum and Kurt Russell. In addition, Jackson appeared in Spike Lee’s newest film Chiraq, which released in December 2015. Jackson will appear in David Yates’ Tarzan, starring alongside Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz this July as well as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which will release in September. Most recently, he completed production on the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island and is currently in production on Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman.   

In 2012, he co-starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as ‘Stephen,’ with Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.  He also starred in The Avengers, which is part of his 9-picture deal with Marvel Studios. The highly anticipated film opened on May 4, 2012 to a record breaking $200 million opening weekend.

Jackson reprised his role as ‘Nick Fury’ in both Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was released in April 2014, and the 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. In February 2015, he starred alongside Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Jackson made his Broadway debut in 2011 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in The Mountaintop, where he portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. The play also starred Angela Bassett and was directed by Kenny Leon.

Jackson’s career began onstage upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts.  Among the plays were Home, A Soldier’s Play, Sally/Prince and The District Line. He also originated roles in two of August Wilson’s plays at Yale Repertory Theatre.  For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7, and The Mighty Gents.  

Past film credits also include: RoboCop, Oldboy, Mother and Child, Iron Man 2, HBO’s The Sunset Limited, Lakeview Terrace, Soul Men, The Spirit, Jumper, Resurrecting the Champ, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Snakes on a Plane, Freedomland, Coach Carter, Star Wars:  Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith, The Incredibles, S.W.A.T, Changing Lanes, Formula 51, Stars Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Caveman’s Valentine, Eve’s Bayou, Unbreakable, Rules of Engagement, Shaft, Deep Blue Sea, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, The Negotiator, The Red Violin, Jackie Brown187, A Time to Kill, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jungle Fever, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Ragtime, Sea of Love, Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Goodfellas, Patriot Games, and True Romance.

On the small screen, Jackson served as Executive Producer for the Spike TV animated series, Afro Samurai which premiered in 2007.  The series received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. The first edition of the Afro Samurai video game launched in February 2009.

On television, in addition to The Sunset Limited, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer’s Emmy Award-winning Against the Wall for HBO.  His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

The 2015 ceremony took place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Harrison Ford received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group, Meryl Streep received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak.

The British Academy Britannia Awards is produced through a partnership between BAFTA Los Angeles and Done & Dusted. Event Production and Management is by MTA Events.

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About BAFTA
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. To access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

Founded in 1987, BAFTA Los Angeles serves as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities. Its commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of all activity, including an award-winning community outreach programme, screenings, seminars, Behind Closed Doors series, Q&As, scholarships for British students studying in the US, a Newcomers Program for emerging British talents working in the US, and a Heritage Archive project that preserves in-depth interviews with the industry's leading talents for future generations. BAFTA Los Angeles celebrates and promotes excellence through its annual Britannia Awards, Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties and the Student Film Awards.

BAFTA Los Angeles is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation and relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing work. www.bafta.org/losangeles