• Sacha Baron Cohen to be Honored by Los Angeles Film Group


    BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Spoof king Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored Nov. 9 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, which will present him with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

    “Sacha’s bravery and comic ingenuity is richly deserving of an honor that bears the name of Charlie Chaplin,” said BAFTA Chairman Gary Dartnall.

    The London-born Cohen, 41, is known for creating outrageous characters, such as in 2006′s “Borat,” a “mockumentary” in which he played a hapless reporter from Kazakhstan making a journey across the United States.

    His most recent movie, 2012′s “The Dictator,” satires Muammar Gaddafi, much like Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” satirized Adolf Hitler in 1940.

    BAFTA’s Los Angeles Britannia Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton will be broadcast in primetime on BBC America the following day.     Previous recipients of the Chaplin award include “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Ben Stiller and Betty White.

    George Clooney is set to receive the Stanley Kubrick award, and Kathryn Bigelow will be given the John Schlesinger award for directing.

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