NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (Feb. 16, 2018) – In a star-studded celebration of the best of UK talent from film, television, and music, the Newport Beach Film Festival kicked off BAFTA weekend with the Newport Beach UK Honours on Feb. 15.
For 19 years, the Newport Beach Film Festival, one of the fastest growing luxury lifestyle film festivals in the United States, has included a dedicated UK component during its 10-day program. Starting in 2015, the film festival and Visit Newport Beach partnered to elevate the connection to the UK industry by honoring talent via the Newport Beach UK Honours held in London just ahead of the BAFTA Awards. This year’s festivities were held at the Rosewood Hotel in Holburn. Honors categories include Arts Champions, Breakout Talent, Artists of Distinction, Icons, and Outstanding Achievement in Global Cinema.
In addition, starting in 2017, Variety, the entertainment industry bible, partnered to use the opportunity to present their annual list of 10 Brits to Watch.
2018 Newport Beach UK Honours Honorees
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GLOBAL CINEMA:
Sir Patrick Stewart, Gurinder Chadha, Celia Imrie, and Andy Serkis
ARTIST OF DISTINCTION:
Simon Pegg, Mark Gatiss, Jason Isaacs, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Film 4, Equity UK, and Liverpool Film Office
Presented by executive editor, Steven Gaydos, Variety’s 10 Brits to Watch included Edward Holcroft, Eileen O’Higgins, Rungano Nyoni, Sophie Skelton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Dancing On Tables, Annes Elwy, Jonathan Entwistle, Jorja Smith, and Suki Waterhouse. Profiles of the talent appear in the magazine’s Feb. 13 issue and on Variety.com.