The Best And The Blackest Of The BAFTAs Red Carpet 2018
Awards show caught nominating and awarding mostly men while making vague gestures on the red carpet towards equality. Stop me if you’ve heard this one…
It wasn’t the Golden Globes, but the casual onlooker might not be blamed for getting them confused. The BAFTAs film awards were held last night in the UK, the only award show which didn’t move out of the way of the Winter Olympics. That might have been a deliberate way to keep under the radar, since much like the Goldes, the BAFTAs found themselves in the embarrassing position of nominating and awarding almost all men in the Time’s Up era.
Once again, like the Globes, the BAFTAs tried to make up for it by…clubbing together to pressure all the actresses to wear black in a show of solidarity. That worked the first time for the Globes because it was new and different. With the BAFTAs, it felt a bit like a rerun, a band-aid over the fact that unlike literally every other award show that saw what the Globes went through and adjusted their nominations accordingly, they were caught not taking things seriously on their side of the pond. And once again, some of their higher profile actresses brought activist dates with them to the ceremony. But it was all a bit of “it’s been done before and better.”
Let’s at least see if the dresses held up.
Lupita Nyong’o, how I’ve missed you. This Elie Saab is great. Please don’t ever go away again.
Caitriona Balfe, on her home turf.
Ruth Wilson, sporting suiting.
Salma Hayek, with a great floral applique.
Letitia Wright is my new favorite actress. Please make a note of it.
Jennifer Lawrence, looking properly somber.
Naomi Harris, reminding up black isn’t boring in Zuhair Murad.
Gemma Chan looking lovely.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw sporting just the right amount of gold without overwhelming her look.
Andrea Riseborough, doing the nearly nude just right.
Exactly As They Always Dress, Just Black
Lily James, doing the princess look, but in black.
Natalie Dormer, unmistakably herself in black.
Cressida Bonas would usually wear this in blue.
Lydia Bright, always a mermaid.
Millie Mackintosh, in a great pantsuit.
98% sure Greta Gerwig wore this exact dress in yellow to the SAG Awards.
To be fair, Octavia Spencer *always* wear Tadashi Shoji, so a black version is just hanging out in her wheelhouse.
Julie Walters doesn’t give a damn, and it looks great on her.
Florence Pugh doing her usual twee in black.
And Sian Welby, not even trying to be anything by tabloid-ready, no matter what the color.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and his wife in matching suits.
Daniel Kaluuya, lo0oking like the rising star he is.
Patrick Stewart eschewing the “men wear black in solidarity” as the nonsense it is.
Timothée Chalamet in siiiiiiiiigh. Sorry, what was I saying?
Sam Rockwell’s best accessory is his wife and her blue tiers of trim.
Sam Claflin would like you to remember he exists.
Tom Taylor would prefer you forgot about Sam and cast him instead.
Hey, look, Hugh Grant!
Bryan Cranston, looking dapper.
And Dermot O’Leary, who can’t believe he’s on a red carpet with these people.
Gemma Arterton in “Black, right?”
Anya Taylor-Joy reminding us that when Beyonce does this, it’s boring too.
Angelina Jolie owns like ten of these, right?
Someone told Margot Robbie she had to be respectable here, didn’t they?
This shoulder trend is beginning to enter the danger zone.
Annette Benning really does look like she threw on any old black thing and ran out the door without even brushing her hair.
Sally Hawkins, basic sequins.
Karen Gillan, honey, no.
Helena Bonham Carter always looks like this tho.
And Saoirse Ronan, in a dress that changed it’s mind three times on the way down.
Allison Janney, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?
Kristen Scott Thomas in “The White Stripes.”
Kara Mara in Gold.
Rachael Weisz in Purple.
Haley Bennet in Angry Metallics.
Jackie Sinclair, missing the point entirely.
Victoria Bonya in Silver.
And Kate Middleton in “Wait, was that dress code thing supposed to apply to me?”