Baftas 2019: the stars come down to London for the ceremony

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Rami Malek and Margot Robbie will be among those who will gather at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Some of the biggest names in the cinema will gather at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the awards of the film Bafta of this year.

The Favorite, with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, leads the race with 12 nominations.

It is far ahead of its closest competitors: Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Rome and First Man, each of whom has seven nominations.

The ceremony will take place from 19:00 GMT and will be hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second year in a row.

The Baftas are often a good indicator of who will win the glory at the Oscars – which will be held this year on Sunday, February 24th.

Last year, the winners of the acting categories – Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell – were exactly the same at the Baftas and the Oscars.

However, the Baftas are historically more likely to reward British talent than the Academy Awards, which could mean victories for Colman and Richard E Grant.

They are strong contenders respectively for the best actress and the best supporting actor, although neither is the favorite in its category for the Academy Awards next month.

Weisz, Steve Coogan, Christian Bale and Claire Foy are the other British unrest candidates.

The Favorite is the only growing production for both the best film and the best British film.

As always, many of the best stars will make the trip from Hollywood. Prominent candidates include Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Letitia Wright, Mahershala Ali, Margot Robbie, Melissa McCarthy and Rami Malek.

Lady Gaga, who appears next to Cooper in A Star Is Born, will not be present as the ceremony clashes with the Grammys in the United States.

A person who will surely not be recognized among the winners is the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer.

His name was removed from the film's Bafta nomination due to allegations that he sexually abused minor boys.

Singer denies the accusations, which defines a "homophobic stain".

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