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BAFTA buzz before and after the kudos

Fete benefits children's charity Facing the World

LONDON — The night before the British Film Academy Awards, a band of stars descended on the London Party, Variety and United Intl. Pictures’ annual fete.

Event, which benefited children’s charity Facing the World, was held at the Wallace Collection’s Hertford House in Manchester Square, where thesp Sienna Miller‘s besotted male fans lined the pavements outside.

Miller, who was handed the diamond-encrusted Moussaieff Steinmetz award, which recognizes breakthrough talent, declared she and beau Jude Law would not wed this year.

“I am not getting married this year; I would say if I was,” said Miller, sans Law, who was Stateside lensing “All the King’s Men.”

“There’s no rush. We’re just happy to be engaged.”

Also in attendance were BAFTA nominees Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman and “Layer Cake” helmer Matthew Vaughn with wife Claudia Schiffer (Blanchett and Kaufman took home trophies); BAFTA chairman Duncan Kenworthy; UIP’s Stewart Till; and Entertainment Media Ventures exec Sandy Climan.

A last-minute no-show was jazz performer Amy Winehouse, who was due to perform a short set. The singer cried off with laryngitis, to the great dismay of party organizers who had seen her partying at Wednesday’s Brit Awards.

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