Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio gear up for the Baftas in London

Hollywood's finest are set to descend on London this weekend as Australian actress Cate Blanchett vies for another prestigious Bafta trophy for her role in Carol.

Blanchett has been nominated in the Best Leading Actress category at the British film awards alongside Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, Dame Maggie Smith for The Lady in the Van, Room's Brie Larson and Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan.

The Aussie star, who is up for a coveted Oscar at the Academy Awards later this month, is already a three-time Bafta winner. She first won the British film award in 1999 for her leading role in Elizabeth.

Blanchett won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role gong in 2005 for The Aviator and won the best leading actress Bafta again in 2014 for her Oscar-winning performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

There is a lot of expectation on British stars at Sunday's awards in order to stop the US extending its lead in the battle for the top gongs.

American stars picked up almost all the top honours in last year's ceremony, with only Eddie Redmayne flying the flag for Britain by winning best actor for The Theory of Everything.


The 34-year-old British star is up for the honour for a second year in a row for The Danish Girl, while heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio will be hoping to continue his triumphant awards season tour for his role in The Revenant.

The pair face competition from Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, Matt Damon in The Martian and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo.

The five movies up for best film are The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, The Revenant, Carol and Spotlight.

Other nominations include nods for Kate Winslet, Julie Walters, and Vikander again, for best supporting actress, while Idris Elba, Christian Bale and Mark Rylance are among the men up for best supporting actor.

The films leading the nominations with a total of nine nods each are Bridge of Spies and Carol. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated in four categories.

The Baftas, which are seen as a good indicator of who will achieve Oscar success, will be handed out on Sunday, at a star-studded ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.