Luxury cruise line Cunard continues its partnership with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles), sponsoring the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at BAFTA Los Angeles’ hallmark annual 2019 Britannia Awards, held last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Jordan Peele was awarded the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by Cunard at the ceremony. Peele wrote and directed popular horror films Us and Get Out, the latter of which won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, and performed in Comedy Central’s Key & Peele from 2012-2015. Presenting the award was Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Oscar® for her role in 12 Years a Slave (2013). Nyong’o has also appeared in films such as Non-Stop (2012), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Black Panther (2018) and Jordan Peele’s own horror film, Us (2019). This year’s awards also recognized Jane Fonda, Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Norman Lear and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Cunard is partnering with BAFTA Los Angeles as the organisation’s Official Luxury Cruise Partner; the cruise line will participate as a sponsor in BAFTA Los Angeles’ unique entertainment events and programming throughout 2020. In addition, Cunard will work with BAFTA Los Angeles on enriching the brand’s renowned Insights Programme on their fleet of ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
“On behalf of Cunard, congratulations to Jordan Peele on being awarded the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing,” said Simon Palethorpe, President, Cunard. “We look forward to our continued partnership with BAFTA Los Angeles and are honored to present the award to such an accomplished director as Jordan Peele.”
Cunard has a long history of hosting stars of stage and screen on board their iconic ships. Luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Alan Cummings, Wes Anderson and Tilda Swinton have all sailed with the cruise line. In December 2017, Queen Mary 2 hosted the first ever major movie premiere with a star-studded event for 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman”; and last August, Oscar® winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh directed his latest feature film, “Let Them All Talk”, on board Queen Mary 2.
Source: Cunard Cruise Lines
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