Film stars arrive for Baftas big night

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Bafta nomineees Viola Davis and Amy Adams have arrived for the ceremony

Stars including Viola Davis, Amy Adams, Richard E Grant, Glenn Close, Thandie Newton, Melissa McCarthy and Richard Madden have arrived for the Bafta Film Awards.

They are gathering at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where the ceremony will take place.

The Favourite, which stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, leads the race with 12 nominations.

Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Roma and First Man, each have seven nods.

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Claire Foy is nominated for her role in space drama First Man

The ceremony takes place from 19:00 GMT, and will be hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second consecutive year.

The Baftas are often a good indicator of who will go on to awards glory at the Oscars – which are being held this year on Sunday 24 February.

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Bodyguard star Richard Madden was among the early arrivals

Last year, the winners of the acting categories – Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell – were exactly the same at the Baftas and the Oscars.

However, the Baftas are historically more likely to reward British talent than the Academy Awards, which could mean wins for Colman and Richard E Grant.

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Media captionBafta best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy praises her co-star Richard E Grant

They are strong contenders for best actress and best supporting actor respectively, although neither are the favourite in their category for next month’s Academy Awards.

Weisz, Steve Coogan, Christian Bale and Claire Foy are the other British acting nominees.

The Favourite is the only production to be up for both best film and outstanding British film.

As always, many top stars will make the trip over from Hollywood. Nominees expected to attend include Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Letitia Wright, Mahershala Ali, Margot Robbie, Melissa McCarthy and Rami Malek.

Lady Gaga, who appears opposite Cooper in A Star Is Born, will not be attending as the ceremony clashes with the Grammys in the US.

One person who definitely won’t be recognised among the winners is Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer.

His name has been removed from the film’s Bafta nomination due to allegations he sexually abused under-age boys.

Singer denies the allegations, which he calls a “homophobic smear”.

Speaking on the red carpet, Queen’s Brian May said of the Singer controversy: “It’s nothing to do with us. He hasn’t been the director for a long time. He was sacked for very good reason… not by us, by Fox so it’s a very arm’s-length thing for us.

“The only reason he’s on the movie is his guild forced Fox to do this… technically, really, he’s not the director of the movie. That’s just life.

“Everybody who had something to do with the movie should be very proud.”

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