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Bigelow, Kingsley for Brit honours

Kathryn Bigelow and Sir Ben Kingsley are set to receive awards at the 2013 Bafta LA Britannia Awards.

The Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker, the first woman to win the best director Oscar for war drama The Hurt Locker, will follow in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan, Danny Boyle and Stephen Frears to be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing.

Ben, whose last appearance was as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, will get the Albert R Broccoli Britannia gong for worldwide contribution to entertainment, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Bafta Los Angeles chairman Gary Dartnall said: "Sir Ben is a true icon of our industry, with a proven ability to captivate filmgoers around the world with his daring and powerful performances, and Kathryn is a tremendously talented and versatile director whose work consistently challenges and entertains, no matter the genre or subject matter.

"As previous Academy Award and Bafta-winning artists, Bafta Los Angeles is proud that Kathryn and Sir Ben will join us for what is certain to be a memorable evening," he added.

George Clooney will also be honoured with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia award for excellence in film on the night, as was previously announced.

The annual awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9.

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