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The Hobbit and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to be honoured with Britannia award

The British actor is to be awarded the award for British artist of the year.

I'm fairly obsessed with The Hobbit's Benedict Cumberbatch, I have been since I first saw him take on the role of Sherlock Holmes in BBC's 'Sherlock'. This is why it's great to hear that Benedict will be awarded for his talent at the upcoming Britannia awards.

Benedict whose credits include 'The Fifth Estate', 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', as well as obviously 'Sherlock' and the upcoming 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug', where he'll be playing the titular dragon antagonist Smaug, will be receiving the award for British Artist of the Year at the Britannia Awards in Beverley Hills.

The award itself is dedicated to paying tribute to the British artist who represents the best of UK talent, and looking at the year that Cumberbatch has had I'm hard pressed to think of someone more deserving. Previous winners of the prestigious award are Kate Winslet, Michael Sheen, Rachel Weisz, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt and Tilda Swinton, which as you can see is a fairly impressive selection of names to be joining. It's also nice to get another male winner to go with the fantastic actresses that have been honoured.

Also winning at the Britannia awards are George Clooney, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Kathryn Bigelow, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing and Sir Ben Kingsley will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.

As a British person I must admit that it's always nice to see one of my own getting recognition for something regardless of what it is, but when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch I truly do feel that he deserves to be celebrated among the many great names that are also receiving awards such as Clooney and Kingsley. But don't take my word for it, Gary Dartnall, Chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles said in a statement

""Benedict Cumberbatch has had a remarkable year, and as one of the UK's leading talents he truly exemplifies the continued respect that British talents have garnered around the globe, Masterfully performing in TV, Film and Theatre and never failing to astound us with his talent and versatility, BAFTA Los Angeles is proud to honour Benedict as our British Artist of the Year."

As if that's not praise enough I have singled Benedict Cumberbatch out (as well as his chemistry with Martin Freeman) as the reason why the upcoming Hobbit sequel 'Desolation of Smaug' will deliver where perhaps 'An Unexpected Journey' didn't. I really can't wait to see what Benedict has done with Tolkien's legendary dragon, especially with the motion-capture movement.

Do you think Benedict Cumberbatch deserves this award?

Daniel Wood is a long-time 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' fan after his dad read him both books as bedtime stories as a child. Of course back then he didn't understand a word he was hearing, so he's grateful they made films. Follow Daniel Wood on Twitter .

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