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Director Steve McQueen, whose film 12 Years a Slave has 10 Bafta nominations, has described how its success has led to more debate around slavery.
Lupita Nyong'o, star of 12 Years A Slave, told ITV News that the success of the film "proves you don't have to have something fluffy and easy to get people into cinemas".
Barkhad Abdi, star of Captain Phillips, told ITV News that he was really "honoured and humbled to be nominated" in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Daniel Bruhl, who played Niki Lauda in Rush, said he "loved the British" and that it was "nice to be back" after starting work on the film in the UK.
Steve McQueen, the director of 12 Years a Slave, has arrived on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas.
The film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in America's deep south, has 10 nominations including for best film and best director.
He told ITV News: "We couldn't have wished for more. It's one of those times in life when you think 'my goodness, wow."
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12 Years A Slave won best film at the Baftas and the film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor was picked as leading actor.