Baftas best and worst: Strapless, backless, and braless
The Baftas produced some serious style, but there were also the inevitable fashion faux pas, writes Bairbre Power
We're midway through awards season and the Baftas produced some serious style on Sunday night, with Kate Middleton getting it royally right in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen floral number.
The Duchess of Cambridge was proof that when you have a winning relationship with a brand, stick to it - which is exactly what Amy Adams did with an emerald strapless gown by her VBF, Tom Ford. The back slit revealed her enviably toned pins.
I've a hunch that most men - and a fair smattering of gals - might not have loved Emma Stone's Chanel 'drousers', worn with pearl anklet. It had the 'hard V soft' feminine tailoring that Coco Chanel introduced to the world and I adored the dress-over-trousers combo. Up close, the fabric was exquisite and I can't wait to see what the La La Land actress does next.
I'm sending clapping hand emojis to Meryl Streep who proved yet again that an older woman can totally turn heads on the red carpet for all the right reasons, in a boudoir lacy slip and tux-inspired pant suit by Givenchy.
Former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh was a vision in marigold.
But poor Laura Whitmore! Her white strapless, slash-fronted Suzanne Neville gown ended up being compared to Melania Trump's inauguration night gown. One thing they definitely did have in common though was patchy false tans.
Usually so reliable on the red carpet, Outlander actress Caitriona Balfe found herself on the 'Worst Dressed' lists for her Valentino melange of pastel chiffon ruffles and sunray metallic pleating.
Edith Bowman got it badly wrong in horizontal metallic bands and I was dazzled (and not in a good way) by the monochrome stripes worn by Heloise Letissier, who performs as Christine and the Queens.
Two shades of Gucci tulle looked positively merinque-esque on Best Supporting Actress nominee, Naomie Harris. It was another Gucci No No for Anya Taylor-Joy in tiered wedding cake dress. Tragically it's a colour that will forever be known as Melania Trump Blue. What a pity, I used to like that shade.
Much of the ceremony felt like a practice run for the Oscars, as Hollywood's big-hitters dominated. Although La La Land swept five gongs, the love was widely spread, with 15 films awarded on the night.
The most shocking snub was Barry Jenkins' acclaimed coming-of-age drama Moonlight, which went home empty-handed. In Best Animated Film, Oscar frontrunner Zootropolis lost out to Kubo and the Two Strings, featuring the voice of 14-year-old Donegal boy Art Parkinson.
The tone tended quite dour, despite Bafta enlisting Cirque du Soleil to enliven the ceremony. Host Stephen Fry did his best, poking fun at Bafta president Prince William. "We're particularly pleased the duchess is here," he quipped. "Because she will be such a support to her husband, who after watching Who Do You Think You Are? is still recovering from the devastating news that he is related to Danny Dyer."
Political speeches have become the norm, and the Baftas were no exception. British filmmaker Ken Loach won his first competitive prize at the age of 80 for I, Daniel Blake, and attacked the "callous brutality" of the UK government in his speech.
Elsewhere, Emma Stone and Viola Davis are unbeatable. At 32, Damien Chazelle is set to be the youngest-ever Best Director winner, while Best Actor is still split between Casey Affleck and Denzel Washington (who wasn't nominated for a Bafta). With less than two weeks to go, it looks as though La La Land will continue to flutter those jazz hands all the way to Best Picture.
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