Viola Davis To Present John Schlesinger Britannia Award For Excellence In Directing To Steve McQueen
Viola Davis, who stars in McQueen’s upcoming Fox movie Widows, will present the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing during the BAFTA Britannia Awards ceremony on October 26 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Schlesinger award goes to a “deeply respected, distinctive directors, whose contribution as both technicians and artists represents the zenith of the directing profession,” BAFTA LA said. Ava DuVernay won the award last year.
For McQueen, whose 2014 film 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture Oscar, Widows is his fourth feature film. It’s having its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month and is also set to be the opening film of the London Film Festival in October ahead of its U.S. theatrical bow November 16.