BAFTA nominees celebrated ahead of the awards at Kensington Palace party

BAFTA nominees celebrated ahead of the awards at Kensington Palace party

They’ve always admired Kensington Palace from afar, but Saturday night (7 FEB 2015) a host of BAFTA nominees from both sides of the Atlantic got to take a closer look.
“I got a room here. They call it the Cumber Suite and yeah I just pop in when I’m feeling a bit peckish or cold,” joked Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet.
“This is very special. This is amazing,” added the British actor who’s nominated for playing World War II code-breaker Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.”
“I’ve never been here. I always go to the park there with my kids and I always looked at it and never gone in. It’s beautiful, really pretty,” chimed in Reese Witherspoon, who is on her first BAFTA nomination for her role in “Wild.”
Mark Ruffalo was also delighted to take a few hours off from working on the “Now You See Me” sequel in London to be attending the party.
“I wish I had more time to participate in all the festivities but it’s good here,” said the actor who’s nominated for his supporting part in drama “Foxcatcher.”
“We’ve only walked by here in the past, so it’s nice to actually go inside,” he added.
Acting nominees also include Michael Keaton, as a washed-up actor aiming for a comeback in “Birdman.”
The star, who’s already won more than a dozen awards for the part, said he’s just looking forward to meeting new and old friends at the party.
“The actors are unbelievable, unbelievably good. Really good. I hope I see my boy, I don’t know. Is Ralph Fiennes here? I love Ralph,” Keaton exclaimed adding, “Boy is strong. Man is good good good.”
Fiennes was nominated for best actor as the unflappable concierge of a chaotic European hostelry in Wes Anderson’s whimsical caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Eddie Redmayne, who received numerous accolades for his role as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” is currently juggling award circuit duties with filming. He said switching from a hard day’s graft to the glamorous award ceremonies and parties is “weird.”
“I don’t think you can ever really take these extraordinary events for granted. They’re so unique and wonderful and bizarre at the same time that it does feel, it feels good to be working because you’re reminded, it reminds you what you’re doing it for, why you’re here.”
Other attendees included Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, Ed Norton, J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette and BAFTA ceremony host Stephen Fry.
The BAFTAs take places at London’s Royal Opera House on February 8.
The British prizes are seen as an indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards.

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