Highlights at the Baftas 2014

The world’s acting elite walked the red carpet in dazzling style in London tonight.

The main accessory for the men seemed to be tidily cut beard – with Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender leading the way.

Leonardo DiCaprio arriving at The BAFTAS
Leonardo DiCaprio arriving at The BAFTAS

Irish actor Fassbender turned up with a mystery blonde and made a relatively quick entrance, while ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star DiCaprio spent almost an hour signing autographs on the red carpet.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie walked into the venue hand in hand, waving to onlookers as they arrived.

Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony
Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony

Stars also wowing in the style stakes tonight are Gillian Anderson, Fearne Cotton, Edit Boman, and Rebecca Wang.

Leonardo DiCaprio was the crowd’s main interest for the night – as they chanted his name in anticipation of his arrival.

Director Steve McQueen is tipped to win the best film prize for his harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”.

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success – the winning film at London has taken the top prize in Hollywood for the past two years.

Behing the Scenes BAFTAS 2014
Behing the Scenes BAFTAS 2014

Space thriller “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, led the field with 11 BAFTA nominations, just ahead of “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle”, each running in 10 categories.

Bullock was expected to join Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House, alongside British names including Judi Dench and Emma Thompson.

Britain’s Prince William will present an Academy Fellowship for outstanding contribution to film to British actress Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing his grandmother Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film “The Queen”.

Baftas 2014 Dame Helen Mirren
Baftas 2014: Dame Helen Mirren
Mirren said it was extraordinary to receive a fellowship that has been given to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Steven Spielberg and Elizabeth Taylor.

“I’ve always thought of myself, believed myself, to be slightly on the outside of the mainstream as an actress … I’ve done OK but I’m never going to be like one of those people,” Mirren, 68, told reporters ahead of the award ceremony.