Monday 22 December 2014

Baftas 2014: stars arrive in style

Published 16/02/2014 | 14:58

Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Baftas. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Baftas. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London. Photo: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
Amy Adams arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London. Photo: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
Christian Bale. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Michelle Rodriguez. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Uma Thurman. Photo: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
Left to right. Christian Bale, David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Dame Judi Dench arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 16, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Leonardo DiCaprio arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Fearne Cotton arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London
Amy Adams arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Leonardo DiCaprio arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Cate Blanchett arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Gwendoline Christie arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Samantha Barks arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Josephine de la Baume arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Felicitas Rombold and Daniel Bruhl arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Laura Mvula arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Actress Rebecca Wang arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London
Hofit Golan arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Antonia O'Brien arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London
Gillian Anderson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Gillian Anderson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Laura Carmichael arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Tanya Burr arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Poppy Jamie arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Ruth Wilson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Ruth Wilson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Edith Bowman arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Edith Bowman arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
David Morrissey and wife Esther Freud arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Sally Farmiloe arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Judy Becker arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London

The world's acting elite walked the red carpet in dazzling style in London tonight.

The main accessory for the men seemed to be tidily cut beard – with Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender leading the way.

Irish actor Fassbender turned up with a mystery blonde and made a relatively quick entrance, while ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star DiCaprio spent almost an hour signing autographs on the red carpet.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie walked into the venue hand in hand, waving to onlookers as they arrived.

Stars also wowing in the style stakes tonight are Gillian Anderson, Fearne Cotton, Edit Boman, and Rebecca Wang.

Leonardo DiCaprio was the crowd's main interest for the night - as they chanted his name in anticipation of his arrival.

Director Steve McQueen is tipped to win the best film prize for his harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave".

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success - the winning film at London has taken the top prize in Hollywood for the past two years.

Space thriller "Gravity", starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, led the field with 11 BAFTA nominations, just ahead of "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle", each running in 10 categories.

Bullock was expected to join Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House, alongside British names including Judi Dench and Emma Thompson.

Britain's Prince William will present an Academy Fellowship for outstanding contribution to film to British actress Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing his grandmother Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen".

Mirren said it was extraordinary to receive a fellowship that has been given to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Steven Spielberg and Elizabeth Taylor.

"I've always thought of myself, believed myself, to be slightly on the outside of the mainstream as an actress ... I've done OK but I'm never going to be like one of those people," Mirren, 68, told reporters ahead of the award ceremony.

Bookies expect "12 Years a Slave", based on a true story about a man kidnapped and sold into slavery, to be the big winner of the night.

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The film that has already won a slew of awards is tipped to take four of the major BAFTA categories including best film, best director, best actor for Briton Chiwetel Ejiofor and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.

"The odds suggest that "12 Years A Slave" will sweep the boards," bookmaker William Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams said.

A major rival is 1970s con-men caper "American Hustle", starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams who are also expected to attend.

Other films in the running are Somali pirate thriller "Captain Phillips" and British drama "Philomena", starring Judi Dench as an Irish woman trying to find the son she gave up for adoption.

Vying for the best actor prize alongside Ejiofor are Bale in "American Hustle", Bruce Dern in "Nebraska", DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's tale of American greed "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips".

British veteran Dench, 79, who garnered a record 15th BAFTA nomination, is one of five women competing for best actress. The bookies' favourite is Cate Blanchett playing a riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen's tragic comedy "Blue Jasmine".

Also in the running are Adams from "American Hustle", Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" and Bullock in "Gravity".

The BAFTA ceremony will be televised from 2100 GMT.

Belinda Goldsmith and Laura Butler

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