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Irish eyes set to smile for Ronan and Day-Lewis on Bafta night

Saoirse Ronan is in line to pick up the best actress award for Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan is in line to pick up the best actress award for Lady Bird
The Phantom Thread
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis

By Ian Jones

Irish stars Saoirse Ronan and Daniel Day-Lewis are hoping to continue their awards season success at the Baftas.

The red carpet at the film awards is expected to turn black tomorrow as stars opt for dark outfits in support of the Time's Up campaign.

Nominees and guests are expected to follow the lead set at the Golden Globes in January and adopt an all-black dress code following the campaign in the wake of the industry's sexual assault scandal.

The Shape Of Water leads the nominations at the ceremony with 12 nods including best film.

Gary Oldman, whose portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour won a Golden Globe, will take on Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool), as well as US actor Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name).

For the Bafta leading actress category, Sally Hawkins is the only Briton to receive a nod for her turn in The Shape Of Water.

She will take on Ronan for Lady Bird, Annette Bening for Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Margot Robbie for I, Tonya.

Britain is poised to overtake the United States and set a new record for the highest number of wins in the best actor category. Both countries are currently tied on 22.

A win for Day-Lewis, who lives in Wicklow and has held dual British and Irish citizenship since 1993, would be a fifth triumph in the category.

He has previously won for My Left Foot, Gangs Of New York, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln - already a record number of wins for a British actor.

Day-Lewis has announced that he intends to retire from acting, so a win tomorrow would be a fitting conclusion to a remarkable career.

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