John Lasseter, “Harry Potter” director honored by BAFTAs

By Sean O’Connell John Lasseter’s coming off of an uneven weekend. “Cars 2,” which he co-directed, received the first overwhelmingly negative reviews of the studio’s 25 year career, and yet the film performed well at the box office by earning $68 million and winning the weekend.

But even if this is a bump in the road for Pixar and Lasseter, both – no doubt – will rebound and be fine.

Case in point: Lasseter learns today that he will be honored by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles by receiving the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. In addition, BAFTA-winning director David Yates (the “Harry Potter” franchise) will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing. Both awards will be handed out at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“John Lasseter and David Yates are master creators of joy and imagination,” said Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles.

“Their high standard of art, perception and pure entertainment is unparalleled. The worldwide success of Mr. Lasseter for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Mr. Yates’ contribution to the final four parts of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise makes them global wizards in their own right, and are delighted to honor these remarkable filmmakers with this year’s Britannia Award,” he continued.

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