It’s the best event in the British film calendar – the BAFTA awards 2014 – and I was there to get the gossip! It was a dry night in London for once, which meant we got to see the stars’ outfits in all their glory. And this was also good news for Very’s gorgeous designer Fearne Cotton, who presented the red carpet coverage for E! in a breathtakingly beautiful gold dress.
The most controversial outfit of the night has to go to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who wore matching suits. Brad looks gorgeous in his and Angelina Jolie does wear her trouser suit with attitude but personally, I’d rather have seen her in a dress. I remember when she wore a maxi dress with a thigh split and the world went mad.
However, I cannot criticise too much as I wore a gold playsuit. I just wanted to stand and I guess that’s what Angelina wanted to do too. My reason was that I had to stand out to convince people to stop and talk to me during the party at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. I had to get the gossip, didn’t I?
With Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Judi Dench, Michelle Rodriguez, Oprah Winfrey and more it was A’List all the way. I could go on forever about it but I’ve narrowed it down to my top five pieces of goss from the night.
(1) Lily Allen
Although Lily Allen dress to steal the show in a colour block maxi dress, she told me she was only there to support her mum, Alison Owen. Alison was nominated for Best Producer for her role behind the scenes of Saving Mr Banks. She didn’t win, but Lily told me she was ‘immensely proud’. Bless!
(2) Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita was nominated for 12 Years A Slave and she was very gracious in her defeat to Jennifer Lawrence. ‘I never expected to win,’ she said. ”To be here is a win in itself.’ I’d say her green dress is a bit of a winner too – she really stood out on the red carpet.
(3) Uma Thurman
The Kill Bill actress looked regal and classy in a black maxi dress as she presented Best Actor to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his part in 12 Years A Slave. She revealed to me she’s looking forward to starting filming on her next movie in which she’ll have the lead role.It’s called Anita and it’s about former US Beauty Queen Anita Bryant who was one of the first campaigners for Gay Rights in the 1970s. With all the controversy about equality and discrimination around the Sochi Olympics right now, it’s perfect timing!
(4) Naomie Harris
Pretty in a pink dress, New Bond Girl Naomie wowed everyone when she starred in Skyfall against Daniel Craig and there’s good news for Bond fans as she’s also in the next project. It’s all early days and the name for the project is called Bond 24 at this stage (as it will be the 24th Bond movie made) but what she did say was the Daniel Craig was Bond and filming will take place this summer. If that’s the case we’re looking at a release around Christmas 2015. I hope so!
(5)Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen was the star of the night as she collected a BAFTA fellowship award from Prince William. During the show we found out that she had actually won Best Actress at the BAFTAs four times. She’s dressed up for award shows that she’s nominated in more times than most people have had hot dinners and yet she pulled out a spectacular full-length black dress for this year’s BAFTAs. With sequins and mesh and flattering long sleeves, Dame Helen was on trend yet sparkling. I hope I look like this when I’m older.
And the winners are:
Outstanding British Film: Gravity
Best British Short Film: Room 8
Best British Short Animation: Sleeping With The Fishes
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Sound: Gravity
Best Editing: Rush
Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing
Best Make-Up & Hair: American Hustle
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Original Music: Gravity
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Peter Greenway
Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
EE Rising Star Award: Will Poulter
Best Special Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Film Not in the English Language: The Great Beauty
Best Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
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