Chortle reported this week that the Los Angeles branch of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has announced that it intends to give its coveted comedy award to beloved Brit comic Ricky Gervais.
Ever year, BAFTA Los Angeles holds an event called the Britannia Awards that honors members of both the British and American film industries. Previous winners of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy include Amy Schumer, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Betty White and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Gervais will receive the award fresh off the heels of his latest release, David Brent: Life on the Road, a follow-up mockumentary detailing the modern day adventures of The Office’s David Brent that premieres August 19th.
Gervais was praised in a statement from BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards: “Ricky Gervais is a comic genius. He is provocative, edgy, and his observations on life have brought us some of the best comedy moments ever in television and film. He crosses the pond with consummate ease, continues to push the comedic boundaries, and we’re looking forward to raising a glass to his incomparable talents at the Britannia Awards.”
This year’s award ceremony will take place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.