Monday, February 09, 2009

Angelina and Brad inject some Hollywood glamour into a freezing cold and wet Baftas ... but walk away with nothing

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived to huge cheers at a rain-sodden Baftas in London last night.

The A-list couple braved the freezing cold and wet weather to sign autographs for ecstatic fans outside the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

The pair brought a touch of old Hollywood glamour to the damp red carpet with Jolie wearing a strapless, floor-length black dress complete with a two yellow stripes.

A dashing, tuxedo-clad Pitt joked about the dismal weather: 'It's a nice change for us... all that sun!' But the pair, who were nominated for best actor and best actress, missed out on prizes.

A galaxy of celebrities arrived at the same time as Pitt and Jolie, including Kate Winslet, Daniel Craig, Emma Watson, Mickey Rourke, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and David Frost.

Winslet turned up at the ceremony in a stunning black gown by New York designer Zac Posen, Prada shoes and Chopard jewellery.

She said, 'No, I'm not going to cry tonight,' a reference to her tearful acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles last month.

David Frost, whose interviews with disgraced former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1977 form the basis of the Bafta-nominated Frost/Nixon, said he would never have expected a film based on one of his achievements to have become so critically and commercially successful.

Michael Sheen, who plays Frost on screen, was also at the event alongside the movie's director Ron Howard.

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel admitted he was intimidated to be nominated for Best Actor in his debut performance alongside screen veterans Frank Langella, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke.

The Londoner said: 'It's weird for me at the moment. It's on my home turf. I've grown up watching the Baftas for years.

His co-star Freida Pinto, carrying a Judith Leiber handbag, was similarly taken aback.

She said: 'It's amazing. Alice In Wonderland, that's what's happening to me right now.'

This year's Bafta front-runners were The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire, with 11 nominations each, including Best Picture.

Sentimental favourite Slumdog Millionaire, the British-written and -directed underdog drama about a Mumbai street boy, walked away with seven awards.

The Baftas have a reputation for forecasting Oscar trends and upsets. Last year, Marion Cotillard unexpectedly won the Best Actress prize for La Vie En Rose. Two weeks later, she took home an Oscar.