While over in America, the stars are getting ready for this year’s 54th Grammy Awards, over on this side of the pond we have the much more low-key celebration of British cinema with the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards at the Royal Opera House. At this final outing of the stellar names of Hollywood and the British cinema in the last fortnight before the 84th Academy Awards, let’s have a look at who dazzled and who fell short of stellar on the red carpet.
On the biggest night out of Biritsh cinema, who else but to celebrate but British cinema’s Queen of Kook that is Helena Bonham Carter. In this indigo mid-length A-line number, she doesn’t disappoint. And the bag is to die for!
In a sea of reds, blacks and golds, Viola Davis throws us a curveball with this asymmetrical, side split neon number. So on trend, so FAB!
Speaking of reds, here comes Penelope as lady in red. Perhaps a tad more low key than her more flamboyant choices for the Oscars red carpet, this red column dress still proof this lady knows how to do sophistication in style.
Trust the red carpet veteran to show the rest how it’s done. Age-appropriate yet sleek, this floor length black number shows just the right amount of flesh and looks absolutely glam.
While a little less glam than some of her recent choices, this monochrome number is saved from being just acceptable by the quirky book clutch – a nod to Arthur Miller, noted playwright and third husband of Marilyn Monroe (portrayed by Michelle on the big screen).
While Angelina was not there with hubby Brad Pitt tonight, Melissa George’s wet look, shimmery, floor sweeping Victoria Beckham gown added the missing vampy touch.
Jessica Brown Findlay
Jessica Brown Findlay went all Victoriana on us, but there is no denying this gown’s wow factor.
A touch of on-trend ’20s frills in one of this spring’s key colours still don’t save this frock from being in the acceptable category – looks a little too busy and candy wrapper-esque.
Speaking of wrappers… Doesn’t Christina looks as if she’s been wrapped in gold tin foil – while we love the cheeky plunge neck line and the side split, the ruffled look just reminds us of – yes you guessed it – foil!
While we love, love, love the colour on Naomie and the daring cut-out detail on the top half worthy of a Bond girl, it’s the layers upon layers of fabric at the bottom half that distracts us and takes this look a few notches down from FAB to a mere okay.
The Bridesmaids actress seems to have forgotten that the movie has long wrapped and showed up in this plain ivory bridemaids-y number. Next!
We say, if you are going to do black, at least go for an exciting cut or fabric. This is just too blah, lady!
While Christina seems to have let the girls out to play up top – as she is oft wont to do – the rest of her is drowned in layers of black fabric. Christina, we’ve missed seeing the rest of your killer curves in better fitted gowns!
Holliday is another starlet that makes us say, “Let’s not go for gold!” While we love the red lippy, the amount of tulle and shimmers makes her look all a bit Princess Bride.
Another gold gown, another frocky horror show… Gillian Anderson’s floor length Sybil-Connolly dress reminds us of old granny curtains – not the sort of look you’d want to sport on the red carpet.
Apart from the deer caught in the headlights look and the stiff posture, the fact that we can see her shoes when we’d rather see a ‘floor-length’ gown makes this one a loser!
We’re used to the actress’s alternative choices and we absolutely love the hair, but this dress just looks ill-fitted. We’ll have the ring though!
Unfortunately yet another dodgy gold foil wrap look. Grecian column cut and pleats would have looked lovely with any other fabric, but wet look gold, once again, doesn’t do this Oscar de la Renta number justice!