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Molten metal forges BAFTA masks ahead of awards night.

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Published on February 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

Molten metal forges BAFTA masks ahead of awards night.

As awards race hots up, molten metal is forged into BAFTA statues in a London suburb.

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Molten metal forges BAFTA masks ahead of awards night.

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: While Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close and Emma Stone may be drafting acceptance speeches for next month's BAFTA ceremony, in a London suburb metalworkers are equally busy, crafting the trophies the stars hope to win.

Miles from the Royal Albert Hall where the British Academy of Film and Television Arts will roll out the red carpet, molten metal is poured into moulds to create the prizes to be handed out on Feb.

10 at the event seen as an important curtain-raiser for the Oscars.

Designed by U.S. sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe in 1955, the 27 cm (11 inches) high, 3.7 kg (8 pound) tragicomic masks have been hand-made at New Pro Foundries since the 1970s.

Costume romp "The Favourite" leads nominations with 12 nods, including for its stars Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix movie "Roma", political comedy "Vice", Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "A Star Is Born" with Lady Gaga are also in the running.

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