Six things to expect at the 2018 Bafta Film Awards

'Three Billboards' predicted to lead BAFTA Awards with 5 wins, followed by 'The Shape of Water' with 3

Stars dressed in black have descended on London's Royal Albert Hall as the Bafta film awards red carpet gets under way.

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been leveled at scores of entertainment figures since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein previous year.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour are close behind, with nine nominations each.

"This is a moment in history", Jane Lush, chairwoman of the British film academy, said as she opened the ceremony.

Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet.

More than 200 leading female stars including Emma Thompson and Naomie Harris signed an open letter published in Sunday's The Observer calling for the eradication of sexual harassment across all industries.

Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, is attending the British Academy Film Awards with her husband, Prince William, who is president of the United Kingdom movie academy.

Typically, the royal family stays out of politics, but one would assume they'll also wear black as a testament to the strengthening of sexual abuse victims' resolve.

When Business Insider reached out to BAFTA for comment, a spokesperson said: "As an industry we have a long way to go to achieve a level playing field in all areas of diversity". The actress, author and activist, who starred in 2016's Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, also features in Paddington 2, which been nominated for the Best British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor categories.

There was considerable discussion online and on television about the Duchess of Cambridge's decision to forego black on the red carpet as the Time's Up movement is not aligned with a particular political party.

Victor of the Best Actor award, for his role in the Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman, said change can only be a good thing.

The Baftas are being hosted this year by British film and TV star Joanna Lumley who praised the gender equality movement as a continuation of the work of the Suffragettes a century ago. Kate acknowledged the evening's muted fashion by wearing a dark green Jenny Packham dress with black belt.

The stars called for an end to impunity for abusers and announced a fund to support women and men battling workplace abuse, modeled on the "Time's Up" movement in the U.S.

"Three Billboards" won five awards, including best film, best actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and a supporting actor award for Sam Rockwell.

"The Shape of Water", Guillermo del Toro's fantastical thriller about a mute woman and a sea monster, is nominated in 12 categories, including best picture and best director.

Pixar animation "Coco" won for best animated film, while Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" won for best sound, and Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" won for editing.

The 80-year-old director Ridley Scott, whose films include "Blade Runner", "Alien", "Thelma and Louise" and "Gladiator", received the academy's highest honor, the BAFTA Fellowship.

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