Bafta fashion 2010: Olivia Williams takes award for most revealing dress
Carey Mulligan was quirky, Kate Winslet was sexy and Olivia Williams surely took the award for most revealing Bafta dress.
Williams, who starred opposite Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense and plays a teacher in current hit An Education, chose a black Catherine Walker gown which left precious little to the imagination. She did not appear to be wearing any underwear.
“The dress is by Catherine Walker. She’s known for her royal wear but she can also be a bit rude,” Williams said.
The actress plays a staid teacher in An Education, and said she chose the daring dress because she wanted to distance herself from the role.
"It's a pleasure of the job, getting to transform. I didn’t feel I had a little something to prove tonight," she said. "I'm off the leash. I'm here to party."
Mulligan’s Bafta dress was a typically quirky choice on a night when most actresses opted for looking pale and interesting.
Her monochrome, flower-print gown was by Vionnet, a designer rarely seen on the red carpet. She also showed off a newly-blonde haircut.
The predominant colour palette was pale, with shades of white, cream and nude on display. Black was also in evidence, but only a few went for bright, colourful dresses.
Vera Farmiga, a best supporting actress nominee for Up In The Air, epitomised the white trend in an asymmetric dress with black sash by Marchesa, accessorised with Asprey jewels.
Kristen Stewart, who won the Rising Star Award, wore a white, strapless, knee-length dress by Chanel, while 15-year-old Saoirse Ronan wore a similar style by Burberry, cheerfully admitting that it was picked out for her by her stylist.
Also in pale shades were Tamsin Egerton, in Alberta Ferretti, and Jaime Winstone who, like Sam Taylor Wood, wore a design by the late Alexander McQueen.
Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Precious, wore a nude-coloured dress by Tadashi, while Claire Danes’ Burberry dress was also in an under-stated, neutral shade.
Kate Winslet led the black brigade in a slinky design from Stella McCartney, with lace cut-out panels.
Erin O’Connor and Kristin Scott Thomas wore black Louis Vuitton. Vanessa Redgrave also chose a black outfit, by Catherine Walker, while her daughter, Joely Richardson, wore an inky silk sheath by Catherine Walker.
Pregnant Anne-Marie Duff looked radiant in a red Alberta Ferretti evening gown. Before the ceremony, she lifted the hem to reveal that she had shunned killer heels in favour of flat ballerina pumps.
"I’m cheating. It’s a pregnant woman’s prerogative," she laughed.
Duff was one of the few who chose a colourful approach. Anna Kendrick, another best supporting actress nominee for Up In The Air, wore yellow Pucci and Jimmy Choo sandals.
Audrey Tautou was nominated for her role in a biopic of Coco Chanel, but wrongfooted fashion watchers by choosing a pink, asymmetric number by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin instead. "Chanel? I’m wearing the perfume but not the dress," she said.