BAFTAs red carpet kicks off with Amy Adams and Laura Whitmore leading the celebrity arrivals

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LAURA Whitmore and Dermot O’Leary were among the first to arrive at The Royal Albert Hall this evening for the British Academy Film Awards.

Hollywood stars and British royalty are set to unite tonight for the swanky event, which will be hosted by Joanna Lumley.

Laura Whitmore looked sensational in her quirky gown
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Hosting the red carpet, TV presenter Dermot, 45, looked dapper in a black tuxedo, with Irish beauty Laura upping the glam factor in a quirky, sheer gown with silver detailing.

Dermot’s co-host, Edith Bowman, also wowed in  a floral, floor-length gown with frill sleeves, and an embellished floral design across her chest.

She accessorised with tough-look biker gloves, and had her blonde hair tied back while wearing simple make-up.

Actress Lucy Boynton arrived on the red carpet without her boyfriend, Rami Malek, who is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Dermot is co-hosting the Bafta red carpet with Edith Bowman
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Edith’s unique look was completed with biker gloves
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The 25-year-old beauty looked stunning in a nude and black dress with bow and frill detailing.

It is expected that Rami will be arriving on the red carpet separately later this evening.

Meanwhile, actress Amy Adams showed off her enviable figure in a belted, burgundy dress that she styled with an eye-catching brooch.

The US star is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vice.

Lucy Boynton arrived without nominated boyfriend Rami Malek
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Tonight’s event is set to be a glamorous evening, with the cream of the crop of Hollywood attending the award show.

The Favourite is living up to its name and leading the race for trophies tonight, with Yorgos Lanthimos’ royal tragicomedy holding 12 nominations, including best picture, for the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.

Olivia Colman already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in the hit film and is also favoured to take the best-actress prize tonight.

The 18th-century Queen’s distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are among the stars expected to join the likes of Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Viola Davis at the black-tie ceremony this evening.

Amy Adams is nominated for Best Supporting Actress
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Alongside Olivia Colman, other front-runners for the prizes include Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, lunar drama First Man, autobiographical Mexican story Roma and musical melodrama A Star Is Born – with each of those films holding seven nominations.

The awards, known as BAFTAs , will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywood’s Academy Awards on February  24, in what’s shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.

Olivia is up against Glenn Close, who took Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for The Wife. The other Best Actress nominees are Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Viola Davis for Widows.

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Best Actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie.

Best Picture nominees are The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born and two very different movies about racism in America: Green Book and BlacKkKlansman.

Nominees for Best British Film – a separate category – are Channel Islands thriller Beast, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, fashion documentary McQueen, Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan and Ollie and crime thriller You Were Never Really Here.


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