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For some Golden Globe nominees, awards season began with a cup of tea.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual pre-Globes tea party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles.

Keira Knightley, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Patricia Arquette were among those toasting the season with scones and finger sandwiches.

Other guests included Marion Cotillard, Dominic West, Anna Kendrick, Steve Carell, Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington and James Corden.

“I love this event,” said Gerald McRaney, a star of House Of Cards, up for TV drama series at today’s Golden Globes.

“It’s casual. It’s not the big, pressurised thing. You sit, you have a cuppa, and that’s it.”

There was also a crafts component to the afternoon. Ethan Hawke went straight for the leatherworking table presented by British fashion brand Mulberry.

The supporting actor nominee for Boyhood made a pair of personalised leather bracelets, using a tiny hammer to pound out the design letter by letter.

Arquette, meanwhile, said she wished she was still working on the film she is nominated for, best picture (drama) candidate Boyhood.

“I missed the process before we stopped,” she said of filming the 12-year project.

“I told (best director nominee) Richard (Linklater), ‘This isn’t a 12-year movie. This is a movie that wraps when I die.’”

Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch were going head-to-head for the best movie actor prize at the prestigious awards.

They are among a wealth of British stars and productions up for prizes, including Jones and Rosamund Pike, who will contest the best film actress award.

Cumberbatch is up for his performance as Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, while Redmayne is recognised for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.

Both men already have Bafta and Screen Actors Guild nominations and are expected to feature when the Oscar nominations are announced.