Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, others bring Time's Up to BAFTA

Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, others bring Time's Up to BAFTA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London.

That much is indicated by The Shape of Water's leading 12 nominations across most categories, as well as presenters Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Sir Patrick Stewart, Karen Gillan, Bryan Cranston and Will Poulter coming together to keep the show going.

Host Joanna Lumley opened up this year's ceremony by acknowledging the "determination to eradicate the abuse of women the world over" of the many stars who wore black in solidarity with the Time's Up and #MeToo campaigns.

Kate joined in with the muted palette by wearing a dark green Jenny Packham dress with black belt.

Angelina Jolie completely stole the show at the 71st British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 18 February.

"It's incredibly important that people are being vocal about what is happening", she said.

The film is up for Best Film not in the English language award this evening.

Other big winners Sunday included Gary Oldman (best actor, "Darkest Hour"), Allison Janney (best supporting actress, "I, Tonya") and "Call Me By Your Name" (best adapted screenplay).

The mother of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who is now pregnant in her third trimester, however, did wear a black tie around her dress above her glowing figure, in what may have been a subtle nod to fellow women.

You'd have to have a pretty bloody good memory to remember a more hotly contested BAFTAs than this year's instalment of the prestigious film awards, with heavy-hitters like Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, and The Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, all vying for glory.

Kate's choice found a middle way between making a political statement - something the royal family scrupulously avoids - and ignoring the gesture by wearing a bright colour.

Signatories, including Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan, expressed solidarity with the Time's Up movement in the United States and called for donations to a new "justice and equality fund" for victims.

The best-actress race is an global contest, pitting American Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards" against Britain's Sally Hawkins for "The Shape Of Water", Irish actress Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird", U.S. star Annette Bening for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" and Australia's Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya".

Former Harry Potter star Watson has given the fund £1 million pounds ($1.8 million CDN), according to its page on the Go Fund Me website.

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya won the EE Rising Star award, as voted for by the public.

Who has been nominated for the Baftas 2018?