Friday 24 November 2017

Noel Gallagher, Reese Witherspoon & Keira Knightley among first stars on #BAFTA2015 red carpet

Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Patricia Arquette attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Michael Keaton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Nick Cave and wife Susie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
TV and radio presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Keira Knightley and her husband musician James Righton arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Nadia Forde arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Nadia Forde arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Stephen Hawking attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
TV and radio presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Reese Witherspoon arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Actress Holliday Grainger arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Reese Witherspoon arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Musician Noel Gallagher and his wife Sara MacDonald arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Noel Gallagher and wife Sara MacDonald arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Phoebe Fox arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 8, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Matthew Goode and Sophie Dymoke arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Matthew Goode and Sophie Dymoke arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Composer Johann Johannsson arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Nimrat Kaur arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Andrew Scott arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Stephen Hawking and daughter Lucy Hawking arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Actress Hayley Atwell arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Julianne Moore arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson attend the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Kristin Scott Thomas attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Actor Jack Farthing arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Kristin Scott Thomas attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Rosamund Pike arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Amy Adams of the U.S. arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Alice Eve arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Amy Adams of the U.S. arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Alice Eve arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Ethan Hawke attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attend the EE British Academy Film Award Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attend the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
David Beckham arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Rosamund Pike arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Ethan Hawke arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Allen Leech and Charlie Webster attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Jack O'Connell attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Michael Keaton arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actor Ralph Fiennes arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
French actress Lea Seydoux (L) and Italian actress Monica Bellucci arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney attend the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Felicity Jones attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Julianne Moore attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Henry Cavill attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Lea Seydoux (L) and Monica Bellucci arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Ralph Fiennes attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancee Sophie Hunter arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Robert Dex

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood have made their way up the red carpet for tonight's Baftas.

Best actor rivals Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton were amongst the first to meet fans and pose for pictures at the event.

Other famous names arriving at the ceremony, held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London, included Boyhood star Patricia Arquette.

Paying tribute to the film's director, Richard Linklater, she said there was "no other" like him.

The event, formally known as the EE British Academy Film Awards, is hosted by Stephen Fry.

Redmayne has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role playing scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.

Musician Noel Gallagher and his wife Sara MacDonald arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Musician Noel Gallagher and his wife Sara MacDonald arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Andrew Scott arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Noel Gallagher and wife Sara MacDonald arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London Matt Crossick/PA Wire

The actor said playing the physicist, who has continued with his groundbreaking work despite a serious illness which left him wheelchair-bound, was "terrifying".

He said: "It gave me many a sleepless night."

Another star admitting to nerves was Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike, nominated for the leading actress award, who said she was so worried about the film she called Tom Cruise the night before filming started for advice.

She said: "He told me 'You're going to crush this. You're with a director who isn't going to allow you to fail'."

Reese Witherspoon arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Among The Theory Of Everything's other nominations are best British film, best adapted screenplay and best director for James Marsh.

Mike Leigh's Mr Turner is nominated for four awards including costume design and make-up and hair but there was no recognition for Timothy Spall's performance in the title role which won him the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Leigh himself is guaranteed at least one award - it has already been announced he is being honoured with a Bafta Fellowship.

Former England football captain David Beckham, who is presenting an award tonight, refused to be drawn on what his favourite film of the year was but admitted Paddington was a big hit with his family.

Nick Cave and wife Susie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London.
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Nick Cave and wife Susie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Asked if he fancied trying his hand at acting, he said: "Definitely not."

Other stars joining the ex-Manchester United star on the red carpet were Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Sherlock star, nominated for his role as scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, said he could not understand why Selma star David Oyelowo had not been shortlisted.

He said: "He would certainly have got my vote."

Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Patricia Arquette attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Patricia Arquette attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street in London. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Actress Keira Knightley and her husband musician James Righton arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Keira Knightley and her husband musician James Righton arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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