Beverley Dunn and Catherine Martin win for production design on The Great Gatsby. Martin also picked up a BAFTA for costume design.

Winners: Beverley Dunn, left, and Catherine Martin win for production design on The Great Gatsby. Martin also picked up a BAFTA for costume design. Photo: Getty

Baz Luhrmann may have missed out on a best director nomination for The Great Gatsby at the British film awards but his wife, Catherine Martin, has won two Bafta awards early in proceedings at the Royal Opera House in London.

Martin picked up the production design award along with compatriot and Gatsby set decorator Beverley Dunn.

Martin then took out the best costume design gong for Gatsby as well.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make a rare red carpet appearance at the BAFTA awards in London. Click for more photos

BAFTAs red carpet

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make a rare red carpet appearance at the BAFTA awards in London.

Australian actor Cate Blanchett is an almost unbackable favourite to win the leading actress award later on Sunday night for her turn in Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine.

The 44-year-old two-time Bafta winner didn't speak to reporters as she walked the red carpet before the awards ceremony.

The Oscar winner has reportedly been keen to avoid questions about recent sexual abuse accusations directed at Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan with ex-partner Mia Farrow.

A week ago Blanchett also joined hundreds of mourners at the private New York funeral of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an apparent heroin overdose.

At the start of Sunday night's ceremony host Stephen Fry singled out Blanchett - who has also been nominated for next month's Oscars - for her turn in the "utterly compelling" Blue Jasmine.

"She (Blanchett) plays a woman who finds herself penniless and on the verge of a breakdown after being betrayed by a wealthy, powerful man," Fry told the star-studded audience.

"It's loosely based on matters currently unravelling in the French presidency."

Fry then quipped that given the audience's muted laughter to his joke it was clear they didn't give a flying hoot about French politics.

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