Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announce that it will honor Samuel L. Jackson with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.

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.

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. 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,” states the press release.

“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.

Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in well over 100 films over the course of a 44-year career on both the screen and stage.