Hollywood stars snub Baftas

A host of stars have vowed to snub the forthcoming Bafta awards in London - despite hopes the event would flourish due to the ongoing Hollywood writers' strike.

A host of stars have vowed to snub the forthcoming Bafta awards in London - despite hopes the event would flourish due to the ongoing Hollywood writers' strike.

It was hoped next weekend's event would attract a host of A-list actors due to several major award ceremonies in the US - including the Golden Globes - being scrapped after the Writers Guild of America threatened to erect picket lines outside.

However, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Tommy Lee Jones, Julie Christie, Laura Linney and Ellen Page - who are all up for Best Actor/Actress Oscars this year - have informed organisers they are unable to attend the ceremony.

Oscar-nominees confirmed to attend include Joel and Ethan Coen, Daniel Day Lewis and 'Atonement' stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

The BAFTAs will take place on February 10 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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