Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has been named as the British Artist of the Year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. According to BAFTA-LA, the award is given to “a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship.” Jones joins a list of British Artist of the Year winners that includes James Corden, Emma Watson, Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Tilda Swinton, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Michael Sheen, and Rachel Weisz.
Jones will receive the award during the British Academy Britannia Awards to be held on October 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills. She recently wrapped production on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno with Tom Hanks, and A Monster Calls with Sigourney Weaver.
“Felicity Jones is one of the finest, most sought-after actors of her generation.” stated Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles Kieran Breen. “With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno and A Monster Calls, this year is set to be the one when Felicity’s remarkable talents reach a truly global audience. We are delighted to honor her with this year’s Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry.”
Additional artists who will be receiving awards during the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards ceremony include Ang Lee who earned the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing and Samuel L. Jackson, winner of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Ricky Gervais is set to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy and Ewan McGregor is this year’s Britannia Humanitarian Award winner.