Christopher Nolan and Michael Sheen are to be honoured at the 2010 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in November.

Inception writer-director Nolan will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing and Sheen, co-star of The Special Relationship, will get the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

“We could not be more delighted about our first honourees of this year’s Britannia Awards, representing two outstanding British talents,” said BAFTA/LA chairman Nigel Lythgoe. “Chris Nolan is a visionary filmmaker who continually raises the bar with each movie he makes, and Michael Sheen is an actor of immense depth who seamlessly tackles drama and comedic roles alike.”

The Awards will be held on November 4 in Los Angeles with Stephen Fry returning as master of ceremonies.