Peter Weir will receiveBAFTA/LA's John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence atthe 12th Annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Nov 8.

'We are delighted tobe honoring director Peter Weir, who has made some of the finest films of ourtime,' BAFTA/LA chairman Gary Dartnall said in a statement.

'His films, including Witness,Dead Poets Society and The TrumanShow, have influenced film-makersall around the world for more than 25 years.'

Weir earned best directorAcademy Award nominations for The Truman Show (1999), Dead Poets Society (1990) and Witness (1986).

Among a range ofinternational awards for his work Weir won BAFTA's David Lean Award fordirection for The Truman Show.

His next film is the navaladventure Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World, which stars Russell Crowe and is set for release onNov 14.

As previously announced,Hugh Grant will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence inFilm at the same awards show.