Baftas steps up as Oscars in doubt

Baftas set to become the awards ceremony of season

All the glitz of the Golden Globes vanished on Sunday, only to be replaced by a news conference. The continuing writers strike could equal the same for Hollywood’s hottest ticket, the Oscars, signalling big business for our home-grown red carpet do: step up the Baftas.

The Baftas this year is set to become the awards ceremony of the season, as the stars across the pond fail to don their party frocks and hit the red carpet on home turf.

After the Golden Globes cancellation one industry insider said: ‘The talent booker’s telephones at Bafta have not stopped ringing,’ she said. ‘The agents are determined to make sure that their star gets a spot.’

The nominations for the Bafta awards will be announced tomorrow and the ceremony takes place at the Royal Opera House on 10 February. The actors expected to be nominated include George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Tim Burton and the Coen Brothers alongside British talent such as Keira Knightley and Daniel Day-Lewis.

According to the PR company behind the Baftas, Premier, most of those nominated will turn out on the red carpet for the awards next month, meaning London town could be hosting the most-talked about ceremony of the season.

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