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Redmayne, Knightley at LA tea party

For some Golden Globe nominees, awards season began with a cup of tea.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual pre-Globes tea party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Patricia Arquette were among those toasting the season with scones and finger sandwiches.

Other guests included Marion Cotillard, Dominic West, Anna Kendrick, Steve Carell, Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington and James Corden.

"I love this event," said Gerald McRaney, a star of House Of Cards, up for TV drama series at today's Golden Globes.

"It's casual. It's not the big, pressurised thing. You sit, you have a cuppa, and that's it."

There was also a crafts component to the afternoon. Ethan Hawke went straight for the leatherworking table presented by British fashion brand Mulberry.

The supporting actor nominee for Boyhood made a pair of personalised leather bracelets, using a tiny hammer to pound out the design letter by letter.

Arquette, meanwhile, said she wishes she was still working on the film she is nominated for, best picture (drama) candidate Boyhood.

"I missed the process before we stopped," she said of filming the 12-year project.

"I told (best director nominee) Richard (Linklater), 'This isn't a 12-year movie. This is a movie that wraps when I die.'"

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