12/02/2012 18:53 GMT | Updated 13/04/2012 10:12 BST

BAFTAs 2012: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt Walk The Red Carpet

Some of Hollywood's biggest names are in town tonight for the Bafta film awards.

George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep and Berenice Bejo were among the names that walked down the red carpet ahead of the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London.

Bejo, nominated for Leading Actress for her role in silent film The Artist, joked that she felt "frozen and very lucky" to be on the red carpet.

Her co-star Jean Dujardin said the film, heavily tipped to sweep the board at the Oscars, was "a simple story, a love story".

Other names posing for photographers and signing autographs for fans included Birdsong actor Eddie Redmayne, who is nominated for the Rising Star award which is voted for by the public, Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman.

Also on the red carpet was Brad Pitt who said it was "an honour" to be recognised in the "land of Olivier".

The awards, officially known as the Orange British Academy Film Awards, is the biggest movie bash of the year in the UK and is seen as an accurate pointer for Oscar success.