Julia Roberts presents George Clooney with BAFTA Britannia Award

Nov. 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Julia Roberts presented George Clooney with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

The BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards took place Saturday evening in Beverly Hills, E! Online reported.

"I'm normally in my second REM cycle by now so let's get this done," Roberts said before introducing Clooney. "George Clooney, or as my daughter calls his, 'George Looney.' So, so honored to be here tonight. And there are two obvious reasons why I was chosen to do this."

"One, Brad Pitt was out of town," she said. "Two, Matt Damon, he's in town but he was unavailable. I consider George a friend. We have worked together in many capacities. We have acted together a few times. He's been my producer and my director, all of which he is immeasurably gifted at. He's handsome, he's talented, he is an exemplary humanitarian and a gifted prankster."

Clooney also paid Roberts several compliments during his speech.

"It has been such a pleasure to watch the woman you have become," he said. "Its' very hard for me to be just straight nice because she'll get me later. But just an amazing mother, an amazing wife and a great, great friend. It's really an honor to have her here."

Other honorees at the event included Kathryn Bigelow, who took home the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, Sacha Baron Cohen, who won the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, Benedict Cumberbatch, who won the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, Idris Elba, who got the Britannia Humanitarian Award, and Sir Ben Kingsley, who received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.

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