BAFTAs 2018: The Best Looks From The Red Carpet
By Edwina Langley Posted on 18 Feb 2018
Hollywood’s finest have hit the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall this evening for the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).
In a show of support for Time’s Up – the movement against sexual harassment, founded earlier this year in response to numerous allegations of sexual assault in the film and entertainment industry – most celebrities opted to wear black, with a Time’s Up badge attached.
In a further show of solidarity with the movement, a number of stars also chose to take activists as their plus ones. Gemma Arterton, for instance, arrived with former sewing machine operators Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davi – two of the women who went on strike at Ford’s Dagenham plant campaigning for equal pay in the Sixties.
Speculation was rife as to whether the Duchess of Cambridge would arrive wearing black, mainly because if she did it could be seen as a breach of royal protocol (royals are required to remain politically neutral) and if she didn’t, well, might she be just a little bit criticised?
In the end, the Duchess opted for a green Jenny Packham gown replete with a black sash. A sort of ‘half-and-half’ if you will…
As to the main female nominees, well, with just one exception they all wore black – that exception being Best Actress winner Frances McDormand. In a red, pink and black dress, she quipped in her acceptance speech: ‘I have trouble with compliance’ before adding shortly after that she stood ‘in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black’.
All other Best Actress contenders – including Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Annette Benning – wore all-black gowns, as did those contending for Best Supporting Actress, Kristin Scott Thomas, Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer (with Allison taking home the gong).
Want to check out how these talented stars worked the Time’s Up colour code? See in the gallery below…
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