"I'm really sorry I can't be there because I'm in San Francisco doing some prior engagements. But in December I will be in Glasgow, where my heart is all the time, doing a Bafta Life in Pictures event highlighting my film and television work from over the years, which might be quite groovy."
The event in December will see Connolly discuss his life and career that has spanned 30 films, numerous sell-out stand-up tours and television series. He is set to appear in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet and the much-anticipated The Hobbit, both to be released next year.
Jude MacLaverty, director of Bafta Scotland: "We are thrilled that Billy will be the recipient of an outstanding contribution award this year. He is a true master of his craft and continues to be a massive inspiration to a whole new generation of Scottish talent.
"We look forward to honouring him at the ceremony on November 18 and to hosting him at the Bafta A Life in Pictures event on December 10, where he will collect his award."
Past recipients of the outstanding contribution award include Sir Sean Connery, Brian Cox and Robbie Coltrane.