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Jakarta Post

Cumberbatch returns as Laureus host

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 24, 2018   /   09:34 pm
Cumberbatch returns as Laureus host Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch is to host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on Feb. 27. (Courtesy Laureus /File)

Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch will host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on Feb. 27.

The organizers announced on Wednesday that Cumberbatch would return as the host of the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards – the most prestigious sports awarding event, or equivalent of Academy Awards – for the third time. He previously hosted the annual event in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai.

“As an actor, I am asked to play a variety of characters, from legendary detective, a master of the mystic arts or an enigma code-breaking genius. None of those characters though have helped me discover who the winners will be at this year's Laureus Awards.  All of the nominations are fantastic and, along with a stunning Monaco location, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, I know it's going to be a very special night,” he said in a statement.

The globally-known actor is famous for his role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game as well as a role in Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. He is also acclaimed for his performance as Julian Assange in the Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and as the Dragon Smaug, in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug before playing superhero Dr. Strange which was adapted from Marvel Comics.

Tennis players and archrivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are among the nominees along with four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton in the world sportsman of the year category.

In the world sportswoman of the year category, the nominees include American tennis player Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix and swimming sensation Katie Ledecky.

NBA Champions Golden State Warriors, Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Super Bowl champions New England Patriots and Champions League winners Real Madrid are the nominees in the world team of the year category.