Star-studded guest list expected at Bafta Awards

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Mickey Rourke and Meryl Streep are among the nominees who will grace the red carpet at tomorrow’s Bafta awards in London.

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Mickey Rourke and Meryl Streep are among the nominees who will grace the red carpet at tomorrow’s Bafta awards in London.

Kate Winslet, hotly tipped to win the Leading Actress award, is also among the list of confirmed guests.

She has been nominated for playing a former concentration camp guard in 'The Reader' and also for her role in 'Revolutionary Road', which reunited her with 'Titanic' co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.

If Winslet wins the Leading Actress award it will increase the Oscar buzz around the star, who has often missed out on gongs in the past.

She recently scooped two Golden Globes, and UK film hopes are on a high.

James Bond star Daniel Craig, Emma Watson and Goldie Hawn will be on hand to present awards at the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London.

Also expected to hand out awards are 'Frost/Nixon' star Michael Sheen, Sharon Stone and Patrick Stewart.

The ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Ross, will be broadcast on BBC Two from 8pm before switching to BBC One for the final hour at 9pm.

Many of the nominees will gear up for the the UK’s top film and TV awards with a party tonight.

'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Frost/Nixon' are among the big hopes for the gongs.

'Slumdog Millionaire', which has also taken Hollywood by storm, has 11 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, one of the most glamorous events in the film calendar.

The nominations pit teenage newcomer Dev Patel against veterans like Mickey Rourke as Leading Actor, following Rourke’s powerful comeback in 'The Wrestler'.

'Slumdog Millionaire', the story of how Indian teenager Jamal Malik became a contestant on the Hindi version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' has been nominated in the Bafta categories Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.

Danny Boyle was nominated for Director, and among his rivals is Clint Eastwood for Changeling, while Freida Pinto received a nomination as Supporting Actress.

Slumdog is another which is hotly tipped for Oscar success, having received 10 nominations.

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