BAFTA Los Angeles just sealed the deal for a killer acceptance speech, tapping Ricky Gervais of Golden Globe roasting/hosting fame to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards, the annual gala that always seems to deliver on memorable moments.
Here’s hoping he can match Sacha Baron Cohen, who pushed an elderly wheelchair-bound woman off the stage during his 2013 acceptance speech, or even Daniel Day-Lewis who channeled Clint Eastwood’s chair in 2012. Last year, Amy Schumer received the Chaplin award — as part of her remarks she urged the Brits to “take Ricky Gervais back.”
This year’s award show is October 28 at the Beverly Hilton, where Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, and Samuel L. Jackson will be honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
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