BAFTA Awards: Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield Attend Nominees' Party

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Emma Stone

Ron Howard, Damien Chazelle and Viggo Mortensen also showed up at the regal pre-BAFTA Awards bash in snowy London.

London's Kensington Palace, where Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry have apartments, opened its doors to Hollywood royalty at the BAFTA Nominees' Party on Saturday, the eve of the biggest film awards ceremony outside the U.S.

Among the stars attending the soiree were Emma Stone and Amy Adams, both nominated in the leading actress category for their respective roles in La La Land and Arrival. The leading actor category was represented by Andrew Garfield, nominated for Hackshaw Ridge, and Captain Fantastic star Viggo Mortensen.

Hugh Grant, nominated for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a not-so-successful Broadway actor in Florence Foster Jenkins, was another guest.

The party was held in the King’s State Apartments, which includes the grand King’s Gallery, whose decor of red silk-lined walls and regal portraits has remained pretty much unchanged since it was designed for King George I in 1727. For the BAFTA event, it was given additional touches of large floral displays, while partygoers sipped coffee-themed cocktails.

Stone was spotted chatting to her ex-boyfriend Garfield in the King’s Gallery. Directors Ron Howard and Damien Chazelle also took time to catch up with friends.

Guests were offered umbrellas when they arrived to shield them from the falling snow. Anya Taylor-Joy, nominated for the EE BAFTA Rising Star award, was asked how she was and replied, “I’m so cold!”

BAFTA president Prince William didn’t attend the party, despite it being so close to home, but he and Middleton are due to attend the Sunday ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

As with recent U.S. awards ceremonies, the BAFTAs are expected to become a platform for political speeches. The show will be edited for broadcast on the BBC — the ceremony is 45 minutes longer than the transmission time — but a representative indicated that the program makers will try to convey the essence of the speeches.

“This is not a political event,” the rep said. “Actors and actresses have a right to air their views. It’s our duty to reflect their views.”