It’s Bafta time again as the movers and shakers of the movie world descend on London for The British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night.
Now in its 68th year, the ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry, while a host of famous faces will be on hand to present the 24 awards. Among the stars handing out the gongs are David Beckham, Julie Walters, Henry Cavill, Martin Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr and Kirstin Scott Thomas.
In the Best Actor category, Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for his role as wartime genius Alan Turing in The Imitation game while fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne is favourite to win for his portrayal as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. The other actors nominated for this award are Jake Gyllenhaal for the thriller Nightcrawler, Michael Keaton for comedy drama Birdman and Ralph Fiennes for his role as a concierge in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
For the Best Actress accolade, Redmayne’s co-star Felicity Jones has been nominated for her role in the Stephen Hawking biopic, while Rosamund Pike could stand to win for her appearance in Gone Girl, the thriller based on the book by Gillian Flynn. Also in the running are Amy Adams for her role as painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes, Julianne Moore for Alzheimer’s drama Still Alice, and Reese Witherspoon for Wild, the true story of a woman battling her demons on a voyage of self discovery.
Film icon Mike Leigh, whose credits include the 1996 film Secrets and Lies and last year’s Mr Turner, has already been announced as this year’s fellowship honouree. The 71-year-old received the nod for his ‘outstanding and exceptional’ contribution to film.
The ceremony takes place tomorrow night, with the action kicking off on BBC1 from 9.00pm. There is also a special red carpet show beforehand on BBC Three with Edith Bowman at 7.30pm.