Sacha Baron Cohen, in his 2012 comedy "The Dictator," is this year's recipient of the BAFTA Los Angeles Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award.
Sacha Baron Cohen, in his 2012 comedy "The Dictator," is this year's recipient of the BAFTA Los Angeles Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award. (Melinda Sue Gordon)

Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat," "The Dictator") is this year's recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for excellence in comedy.

The actor-writer-producer will receive the honor Nov. 9 at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The following evening, BBC America will show the ceremony.

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The Chaplin award is given to someone whose popularity and cultural impact "exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy."

"Sacha's bravery and comic ingenuity is richly deserving of an honor that bears the name of Charlie Chaplin," BAFTA Los Angeles' chairman, Gary Dartnell, said in a statement Monday morning.

The first recipient of the Chaplin award was Betty White. Honorees since have included actor-writer-director Ben Stiller and "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

The 41-year-old Baron Cohen, who earned an Oscar nomination as one of the writers of "Borat," has also starred in such films as "Bruno," "Sweeney Todd" and "Hugo" and was the voice of the lemur King Julien in the "Madagascar" animated hits.

George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley were previously announced as Britannia Award recipients.

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