Olivia Colman goes head to head with Oscar-tipped Glenn Close when the Bafta film awards are handed out tonight.

The former Broadchurch and Peep Show star, who already has three Bafta television awards, is in the running for the best actress prize for her role as Queen Anne in black comedy The Favourite, which leads the nominations with 12 nods, including ones for best film and outstanding British film.

Colman has already won a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice award for her performance, and will now compete against SAG and Golden Globe winner Close (for The Wife), as well as Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Viola Davis (Widows).

Gaga will be absent from the ceremony because she is performing at the Grammys in Los Angeles but Colman, Close, McCarthy and Davis are all due to attend.

Colman's co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone have both received nods in the supporting actress category, and director Yorgos Lanthimos is also nominated.

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Also expected to attend the ceremony is Christian Bale, who received a nod in the leading actor category for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice.

He faces competition from Rami Malek, who is nominated in the same category for his role in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Steve Coogan for Stan And Ollie and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

Other stars due to attend the ceremony include Cate Blanchett, Gary Oldman, Ellen Page, Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.

Barry Jenkins, who is in the running for best adapted screenplay for his film If Beale Street Could Talk, told the Press Association of his joy at being nominated.

He said: "It feels great, I never imagined I would make anything that would be nominated for a Bafta so I think to be here again means the world to me".

Jenkins also spoke about being nominated during this awards season alongside other filmmakers including Spike Lee and The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos.

He said: "I've seen Spike quite a bit, Yorgos I've seen quite a bit, it's such a rare thing to be in the middle of award season so it kind of bonds you in a certain way".

Withnail & I star Richard E. Grant could win his first Bafta after picking up a supporting actor nod for Can You Ever Forgive Me? but faces competition from Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Sam Rockwell for Vice and Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy.

The Bafta Film Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall and the show will be broadcast on BBC One from 9pm.