Emma Watson, Salma Hayek, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and Haley Bennett pose on the red carpet upon their arrival at the Bafta British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday. Reuters / AFP
The British Academy Film Awards returned as a glitzy in-person event on Sunday, with stars including Lady Gaga and Benedict Cumberbatch walking the red carpet at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Australian actress and comedian Rebel Wilson will host this year's ceremony, known as the Baftas (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), following a virtual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Science fiction epic "Dune," a mammoth adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel, leads nominations with 11 nods, mainly in the creative and technical categories.
Emilia Jones arrives at the 75th British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. Reuters
Dark Western "The Power of the Dog" follows with eight nominations and "Belfast", Kenneth Brannagh's semi-autobiographical black and white comedy drama set at the onset of Northern Ireland's three decades of conflict, has six.
All three will compete with coming-of-age tale "Licorice Pizza" and "Don't Look Up," a humorous warning about climate change, for the top prize of the night, best film.
Singer Shirley Bassey will open the show, performing a James Bond movie theme in honour of the film franchise's 60th anniversary.
Not all nominees are present, with "The Power of the Dog" director Jane Campion and Will Smith, in the running for leading actor for playing the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams in "King Richard", among those absent.
Lady Gaga poses for photographers upon arrival at the 75th British Academy Film Awards in London. AP
Nominees for leading actress are Lady Gaga ("House of Gucci"), Alana Haim ("Licorice Pizza"), Emilia Jones ("CODA"), Renate Reinsve ("The Worst Person in the World"), Joanna Scanlan ("After Love") and Tessa Thompson ("Passing").
Leading actor nominees also include Cumberbatch ("The Power of the Dog"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Don't Look Up"), Adeel Akhtar ("Ali & Ava"), Mahershala Ali ("Swan Song") and Stephen Graham ("Boiling Point").
Half of the best director nominees this year are women: Campion for "The Power of the Dog", Audrey Diwan for "Happening", a French drama about illegal abortion in the 1960s, and Julia Ducournau for body horror "Titane."
Aleem Khan ("After Love"), Ryûsuke Hamaguchi ("Drive My Car") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("Licorice Pizza") complete the list.
The show lasted only one season (but it’s cemented in 90s pop culture, along with the Catalano character) and Leto went on to become an Oscar winner for his work in the 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club” and a rock star with his band 30 Seconds to Mars.
It is the first-ever Pakistani competitive entry at the Cannes festival and on Friday also won the Jury Prize in the "Un Certain Regard" competition, a segment focusing on young, innovative cinema talent.
An hour before the broadcast begins, attendees will assemble in the Dolby for the presentation of eight awards and acceptance speeches that will be edited into a broadcast that producer Will Packer has promised will be a tight three hours.
“This will be my first-ever double role and it will definitely be challenging for any actor,” says Shraddha. She adds: “It's a great opportunity and a learning experience for me to work with Pankaj sir who has entertained us for so many years.”
The cinema industry in the Middle East is outgrowing all other regions in the world, which is reflected in increased industry participation at the fifth META Cinema Forum.
Cara was found deceased at her home in Florida on Friday, publicist Judith Moose told AFP, adding that the cause of death was unknown at this point.
She took to Instagram, where she shared stills from the movie and alongside Kriti wrote: "Its #Bhediya Time! A film I am extremely proud of! Dr Anika will always remain special to me as one of my quirkiest and trickiest characters!"