Alan Cumming to Host Britannia Awards; Harrison Ford, Spielberg Among Presenters

The dapper Alan Cumming will host the Britannia Awards for the fourth time. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

BAFTA Los Angeles announced today (October 25) that British Good Wife star Alan Cumming will once again host the Britannia Awards, which are set to air for the first time on BBC AMERICA, Sunday, November 11 at 8 pm ET. And a star-studded group of presenters have been locked in, including Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, and Book of Mormon Broadway star Josh Gad.

“I’m so happy to be back hosting my fourth Britannia Awards,” said Alan Cumming. “It’s 15 years since I first came to Hollywood and what better way to commemorate that than to be hosting a celebration of the best of British AND Tinseltown. I’m excited to see old friends and raise a few glasses to the best in our business — and be a bit mischievous too of course.”

Britannia Chairman Nigel Lythgoe adds, “We’re so pleased that we were able to secure Alan to host this year’s Awards. We owe thanks to the producers of The Good Wife who were kind enough to rearrange their production schedule to allow for Alan to be with us. We’re grateful that we can do justice to the extraordinary caliber of talent represented in this year’s honorees with our esteemed host and presenters.”

Spielberg will present the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film award to Daniel Day-Lewis, star of the filmmaker’s latest epic Lincoln. And Ford will hand out British Artist of the Year honors to his Cowboys and Aliens co-star Daniel Craig, whose newest Bond thriller Skyfall will premiere the weekend of the awards. Gad will present the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy to Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Quentin Tarantino and video game designer Will Wright will also receive recognition at the Britannias, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, November 7.

Kicking off this year’s awards season, the Britannia Awards highlight individuals who’ve devoted their careers to the advancement of the entertainment field. Past recipients include Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Tom Cruise.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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