Posted: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – 4:54 PM
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that actor Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines. This year’s event will take place on Friday, Oct. 27 at The Beverly Hilton.
“I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” said Van Dyke.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the iconic Dick Van Dyke at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles. “We truly are in a golden age of television and we couldn’t think of a better way to recognize this than by celebrating someone who was at the forefront of making it the global medium that it has become. We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night. We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
The Britannia Award for Excellence in Television recognizes “inspiring individuals whose extraordinary talent and global appeal have been instrumental in the elevation of the medium of television.”
“AMD is pleased to once again continue its support of the British Academy Britannia Awards, and the celebration of the best in entertainment,” said Roy Taylor, Corporate VP and Head of Media and Entertainment at AMD.
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 British entertainment through their body of work. The evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries. Proceeds from the event support BAFTA’s Access for All campaign, a range of educational initiatives created to provide a foot-in-the-door and a pathway to success for talented individuals, regardless of background, demographics or personal circumstance.
BAFTA’s other key events include the TV Tea on Sept. 16, the BAFTA Tea Party in January and the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb. 18, 2018.
Dick Van Dyke’s career has spanned more than seven decades and earned him five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into in Television Hall of Fame and countless fans.
After starring on Broadway in Bye, Bye Birdie, and the pioneering Dick Van Dyke Show on television, the actor segued to film with hits including Mary Poppins, where he introduced the Oscar-winning Chim Chim Cheree, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Comic, Dick Tracy and the Night at the Museum films.
In 2017, 91-year-old Van Dyke joined his dear friend Carl Reiner and other legendary comedy nonagenarians, Mel Brooks and Norman Lear, in the HBO documentary, If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.
He also sings with his a cappella harmony group The Vantastix and will drop a new jazz quintet album this year, Step Back In Time.
Fans throughout the world were thrilled when it was announced he will appear as Mr. Dawes Jr. in the eagerly-awaited sequel , alongside Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
For more information on the Britania Awards, visit www.bafta.org.