Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench were among the British movie stars to be honoured at the Britannia Awards 2014. The annual ceremony was hosted by BAFTA at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on Thursday evening (October 30, 2014).
Dame Judi Dench was awarded The Albert Cubby Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, a gong named after the legendary James Bond movie producer.
She was presented with her award by Dustin Hoffman and accepting the award she stated, “I’m rather overwhelmed by [the award], because I didn’t ever expect to have a film career at all.”
Dame Judi Dench has of course played the British spy’s boss M in all of the movies since 1995’s GoldenEye. She’s also been the high-profile star of a lot of successful films in the recent past, including Philomena and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Former Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, was awarded the British Artist Of The Year. Emma Watson used the opportunity to pay tribute to Dame Judi Dench and stated, “She’s just all soul and all grace and strength and beauty, and for me, she’s an iconic British actor. She’s what you aspire to be.”
Other winners on the night including Robert Downey Jr. for the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, director Mike Leigh, comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mark Ruffalo for his humanitarian work.
The Britannia Awards began in 1989 as a bridge-building exercise between Hollywood and the British film industry. Therefore, it’s not entirely surprising to see such a wealth of British talent being honoured and recognised, but this year does indicate the number of powerful performances from British artists.
The Britannia Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the year’s distinguished honorees.
Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA’s on going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
The British actresses, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench, were two of the six honorees at the annual Britannia Awards 2014 night. Emma Watson and Dam...2.5