BAFTA Honors Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton
Posted on Fri Nov 7, 2008 10:33 AM PDT

Sean Penn SeanPenn200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Los Angeles branch honored Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton at a ceremony in Century City, Thursday night.

Penn, who is considered a potential Oscar nominee for his role in the upcoming "MILK," received the 2008 Stanly Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

Swinton, who won an Oscar for "Michael Clayton," received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the year.

"The Queen" director Stephen Frears was awarded for Artistic Excellence in Directing. He joked with reporters about flying all the way to California to pick up an award from the UK.

"You normally come to Los Angeles for the Oscars, it seem somehow like something has gone wrong, but it's great," Frears says.

Don Cheadle was given the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award for his work to bring attention to the plight of people in Darfur.

"If we don't speak in one voice to seek out some justice then I think it diminishes us all as human beings," Cheadle told reporters. "We need to continue to try to raise awareness and push our leaders to do more to see an end to the crisis."