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BAFTA Los Angeles renames award after Bond producer

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The British Academy of Film and Television Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it was renaming its Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of the late Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond film franchise. Broccoli died in 1996 at age 87.

The first Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award will be presented to John Lasseter, the Oscar-winning animator, director and chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Lasseter will receive the honor at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 30.

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‘Cubby Broccoli was the Britannia’s first honoree when the awards were originated over 20 years ago,’ BAFTA L.A. chairman Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement. ‘By creating a global phenomenon with the longest-running film series in cinema history, Cubby’s legacy exemplifies what the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution stands for.’

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the awards show. The event will air Dec. 4 on the TV Guide Network.

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