Sunday 22 October 2017

Hollywood royalty are out in force as the BAFTAS get underway

Laura Whitmore arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Laura Whitmore arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Rafe Spall and Elize du Toit attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 12 February 2017.
Bryce Dallas Howard attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 12, 2017.
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Ava West arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Kerri-Ann Roper

Film royalty are braving the London cold as they make their way up the red carpet for this year's Bafta ceremony.

Among the first stars to arrive at the Royal Albert Hall was Anya Taylor-Joy, one of the nominees for the EE Bafta Rising Star award, the only accolade voted for by the public.

Talking to presenter Zoe Ball, she said: "It's my first red carpet of this scale so I'm taking it as it comes, I'm rolling with it."

The ceremony is being hosted by Stephen Fry, who last year was subject to backlash following the "bag lady" joke he made about costume designer Jenny Beavan.

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be joining the stars at the ceremony.

Prince William will present the Bafta Fellowship, which is awarded annually to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley spoke about working with director Kenneth Branagh on his film adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express.

She told Ball: "It's so good, it's so great, we do games nights on a Friday, I can't enough of everyone."

Rafe Spall and Elize du Toit attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 12 February 2017.
Rafe Spall and Elize du Toit attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 12 February 2017.

The film also stars Dame Judi Dench and Johnny Depp, and will see Branagh playing Hercule Poirot.

Fashion designer and Nocturnal Animals director Tom Ford said of being nominated in the best director category alongside Ken Loach and Kenneth Lonergan: "I am so honoured to be in their company, I'm honoured to be here."

Bryce Dallas Howard arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Bryce Dallas Howard arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Asked if he will leave fans waiting long for another film, he said: "I'm working on the screenplay now, so hopefully two to three years. That's a normal wait for a film."

Viola Davis, who is nominated in the supporting actress category for Fences, said she was looking forward to seeing William and Kate.

Daisy Ridley attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Daisy Ridley attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

She told Press Association: "I always feel like they are one dimensional to me, I only see them in photos, so I would actually like to see them in person."

The actress, who is also nominated for an Oscar for the Denzel Washington-directed film, spoke about the pressure of being labelled the frontrunner during award season.

She said: "Here's the thing with the frontrunner thing, everyone else may be on a one-storey building, so if they move, they fall from one storey. I fall from a hundred feet up if I lose, that's how I feel about it."

Tom Ford attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Tom Ford attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Julia Stiles, known for 10 Things I Hate About You and Save The Last Dance, revealed who she is backing to win in a couple of categories.

She said: "I'm presenting the documentary category. I loved 13th, about the prison system in the US. And in terms of narrative, Manchester By The Sea was gripping. There are some amazing performances in that."

She said she thinks its star Casey Affleck could take the leading actor prize.

Australian actress Nicole Kidman, nominated in the supporting actress category for Lion, said the film had been supported last year at the London Film Festival.

"It was embraced here, so you launched us, so thank you London," Kidman said.

She also praised her co-star, British actor Dev Patel, who is nominated in the supporting actor category.

She said: "I'm just so happy he's the leading man now and that he's been given the platform to become a leading man, and he's taking it with a vengeance and I'm so happy for him."

Nocturnal Animals star Aaron Taylor-Johnson said he is a big fan of his rival in the best supporting actor category Mahershala Ali, who stars in Moonlight.

He added: "I don't really think about the competition, I feel like we're all here because we've all worked hard. It's just a great privilege to be here."

His wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, said: "I saw Moonlight on my own in New York in a quiet theatre by myself when Aaron was working. Mahershala has the most compassionate, loving face, and you are immediately drawn to him as a character."

Sam said she also is backing Amy Adams to win the leading actress prize for her role in Arrival.

She said: "(Amy) really deserves to be here and hopefully win."

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