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“Let me fluff up my hair and look fabulous,” said Sharon Stone, whipping off her coat and preening for photographers at Asprey’s pre-BAFTA party Saturday night in London.

With less than 24 hours to go until the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

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awards ceremony, nominees including Mickey Rourke and Amy Adams gathered under the glass atrium of the Norman Foster-designed store, swilling Champagne and grazing on tuna sushi canapés.

“This is all so surreal,” said “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel, who, despite being this year’s award circuit darling, still exhibits newcomers’ insecurity. When a friend pulled Patel toward a camera, he sent a tray of drinks flying. “I’m so clumsy,” said the 18-year-old star, who was accompanied to the bash by his mother, Anita Patel.

Afterward, guests like Freida Pinto and Emma Watson hit Charles Finch’s annual dinner at Annabel’s, sponsored by Chanel. The following evening, after the awards ceremony, Supporting Actress winner Penélope Cruz and Lead Actor winner Rourke celebrated their achievements at the Fondazione Prada Double Club, where Miuccia Prada and Harvey Weinstein hosted a cocktail party.

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