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BAFTAs 2014, On the Scene: Prince William holds court, while Oprah represents for American royalty

For Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, EW sent London-based reporter Matt Mueller to give his On the Scene report of the biggest night in filmmaking across the pond. WARNING: Britishisms ahoy!

It was an evening of princes, dames, and former talk-show queens at the BAFTAs — or, as they’re officially known but no one in Britain actually calls them, the EE BAFTAs (EE being the British Verizon, not to be rhymed with “wee,” the British slang for urine, but rather articulated like the poet e.e. cummings).

The red carpet walkway laid down before London’s Royal Opera House was covered entirely for the first time ever by a clear plastic rain refuge, which had been anchored 48 hours earlier in the midst of a blustery rain storm with 60 mph winds. An effortful feat of logistical planning, in other words, and, naturally, wholly redundant on the night: These were the first rain-free BAFTAs in years.

This year’s red carpet was like being on celebrity safari, with sightings few and far between to start with and less easily recognised species (Ruth Wilson, Daniel Bruhl, Will Poulter, Steve McQueen…) having to make do until the arrival of the charismatic megafauna. Chants of “Leo! Leo! Leo!” loudly spelled out the crowd’s most coveted sighting, but what began in dribs and drabs suddenly became a full-on A-list stampede as the big names materialised only to be herded swiftly along the red carpet in order to prepare for the security lockdown necessitated by the arrival of HRH the Duke of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William). Even Hollywood grand poobahs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were whisked along in their his-n-her tuxedos, while Michael Fassbender sprinted like a black-tied gazelle down the narrow corridor. There was little time to gab, although Lupita Nyong’o did stop to tell us that Ralph Fiennes is immensely proud of her success. She was a runner on the Kenyan shoot for The Constant Gardener and used to fret how much she was annoying him ferrying him back and forth to the set. READ FULL STORY

'How I Live Now' trailer: Saoirse Ronan gets her Katniss on

At first glance, there’s nothing particularly Hunger Games-y about How I Live Now, an upcoming film from The Last King of Scotland‘s Kevin MacDonald. In fact, the film’s new trailer starts out sort of like an updated version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: As World War III rages, a sad-faced American teen (Saoirse Ronan) gets shipped off to the idyllic English countryside, where she frolics around with her photogenic cousins. (A few differences: They don’t discover their own Narnia, and Ronan falls in love with one of the cousins (George MacKay). CS Lewis never would have gone for that.)

Halfway through the clip, though, the war comes to Ronan’s sanctuary — dividing her and a female cousin from her paramour and his brother. Suddenly, Roan finds herself roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland, fighting for her own survival and that of her young charge. Can love prevail even as the world is ending? We don’t know for sure — but a concluding shot of Ronan wielding a gun shows that she may have entered full Action Grrrl mode by the end of the movie.

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Dan Stevens in negotiations to star in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Downton Abbey‘s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.

The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint (after the pirate immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Stevens is in talks to play Turner.

The former Downton heir can next be seen in Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate, both currently in production.

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BAFTA announces 2014 awards date, two weeks before Oscars

The 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Feb. 16, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced today. This announcement comes right after news that the 2014 Oscars will take place on March 2. It also means that the BAFTA Awards will take place while the Winter Olympics are still going on in Sochi, Russia.

This year, the BAFTA successfully predicted Oscar winners for best film, actor, and supporting actor and actress. (However, Emmanuelle Riva won best actress and Ben Affleck took home best director at the British awards.)

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