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Benicio Del Toro
BAFTA/LA's Britannias Confer Honors With a British Accent

LOS ANGELES ( - When Albert Finney scored a supporting actor nomination for "Erin Brockovich" in 2000, the conventional wisdom was that the Oscar was his to lose. Yet Benicio del Toro walked off with the prize for "Traffic." Many in Hollywood chalked it down to Finney not being around to campaign, but there were many more who are aware of that British preference not to push themselves forward. Plus, says Perry Simon, g.m. of BBC America, "Many of these actors live in the U.K. and don't have proximity" to L.A.-based campaign stops. With year-round events, BAFTA/LA tries to bridge the gap between London and Los Angeles. "BAFTA's...