BAFTA LA will bestow its Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film to Jodie Foster as part of this year’s Britannia Awards set for October 28 at the Beverly Hilton. She rounds out an honors lineup that includes Ang Lee (John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing), Samuel L. Jackson (Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment), Ricky Gervais (Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy), Ewan McGregor (Britannia Humanitarian Award) and Felicity Jones (British Artist of the Year).
The Kubrick honor 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.” Foster, a two-time Oscar Best Actress winner for Silence Of The Lambs and The Accused, directed this year’s Money Monster and earned the Golden Globes’ lifetime achievement award in 2013. The latest honor comes the same year as the 40th anniversary of her breakout acting debut Taxi Driver.
“It seems fitting that in this 40th Anniversary year of both Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone, we are honoring Jodie’s remarkable trail-blazing career at the Britannia Awards,” said Kieran Breen, the BAFTA Los Angeles chairman. “It takes a rare and special talent to launch an international career with two amazingly different performances, and Jodie’s choices as an actor and director have continued to earn a deserved reputation as one of the most versatile professionals of our time.”
Previous recipients include Meryl Streep, 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.