BAFTA/LA Lauds Kirk Douglas

Colin Firth, Danny Boyle also set as honorees at Stephen Fry-hosted gala.

Kirk Douglas, Colin Firth and Danny Boyle will be honored at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.

Stephen Fry will host the awards gala, presented by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles on Nov. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Douglas will be honored for his contribution to worldwide filmed entertainment.

BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris said, “Kirk Douglas is an acting institution whose iconic roles have made him an archetypal international movie star.

His filmography is second to none, and outside the world of film he has continued to inspire audiences worldwide through his books and his charitable endeavors,” Morris continued. “It could not be more fitting that BAFTA/LA is honoring Mr. Douglas for his lasting legacy to worldwide entertainment.”

Firth will receive the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award. He is an ambassador for Oxfam International and co-founder of Cafe Progreso, a fair-trade coffee chain. He was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2008 by the Hollywood Reporter and in 2006 was voted European Campaigner of the Year by the European Union.

Boyle will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing. Boyle won the directing Oscar this year for his feature “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won Best Picture and six other Academy Awards. His second feature, “Trainspotting,” is one of the highest-grossing British films of all time.

Previously announced BAFTA/LA honorees are Robert De Niro, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and Emily Blunt, taking home the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.