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BAFTA flashback: what did the 2019 nominees look like at their first ever ceremony?

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 08/02/2019 Katie Rosseinsky
Rachel Weisz et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited

Some of the film industry’s biggest names are set to descend upon the Royal Albert Hall – and do battle with the perennially awful British weather – for the 72nd annual BAFTA ceremony.

The likes of Olivia Colman, Glenn Close, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper are all slated to put in an appearance on the biggest night in British film, which will once again be hosted by the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley.

Some of this year’s hopefuls will be stepping onto the BAFTA red carpet for the very first time. Close’s appearance, for example, will mark her debut at the event, despite having worked in the industry for decades, and though Colman has previously netted BAFTA TV awards, tonight’s film awards are her first.

Sadly, we’ll have to wait another year to see Lady Gaga cross paths with the Duchess of Cambridge: the Best Actress nominee is thought to have chosen the Grammys over the BAFTAs, where she’s in with a chance of picking up a handful of awards for A Star Is Born’s standout track, Shallow.

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Others have a long history with the ceremony – as scrolling back through the archives proves. The Favourite’s Rachel Weisz has been a BAFTA mainstay since 2001 (when she attended with Kate Winslet), while Richard E Grant has been on the awards circuit since the Nineties.

Here are some of our favourite BAFTA debuts from this year’s nominees.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Windswept: Bradley Cooper's BAFTA debut (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Windswept: Bradley Cooper's BAFTA debut (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

​Cooper was caught in a very British downpour at the 2013 ceremony. Here's hoping he learns from his mistakes and packs an umbrella this time around.

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz wearing a black dress: Throwback: Rachel Weisz in 2001 (PA Archive/PA Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Throwback: Rachel Weisz in 2001 (PA Archive/PA Images)

Is it just us, or has Weisz barely aged a day since her 2001 BAFTA debut? We'll give her extra points for the quintessentially Noughties outfit, too.

​Richard E. Grant

Richard E. Grant, Alex Kingston posing for the camera: Partying: Richard E. Grant and Alex Kingston (PA Archive/PA Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Partying: Richard E. Grant and Alex Kingston (PA Archive/PA Images)

Grant has been everyone's favourite awards show guest since the Nineties - though he'll almost certainly manage to take more selfies at this year's event.

​Claire Foy

Claire Foy posing for a picture: Debut: Claire Foy at the 2011 BAFTAs (Ian Gavan/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Debut: Claire Foy at the 2011 BAFTAs (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

​Before she was crowned Netflix's Queen, Foy made an understated but stylish BAFTA debut in 2011. She was accompanied by her then-partner, Stephen Campbell Moore.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone standing posing for the camera: Red carpet: Emma Stone at the 2011 BAFTAs (Ian Gavan/Getty Images) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Red carpet: Emma Stone at the 2011 BAFTAs (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

​Looking back, Emma Stone is hardly recognisable without her trademark red hair. She attended her first BAFTAs as a Rising Star nominee in 2011, and has since notched up a further three nominations - with a win for La La Land in 2017.

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