2012 BAFTA Awards Red Carpet

Let’s celebrate the best in British film and TV.

JESSICA CHASTAIN // gown by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty

Beautiful. I don’t love the length (a bit short in the front, a bit long in the back) or the shoes (too much texture, and I wouldn’t have picked a platform), and the fit around her waist is kind of funny. But, I mean, she’s freaking stunning. Case in point:

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Work it.

MERYL STREEP // gown by Vivienne Westwood

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty

You go and GET that British award for playing a British political icon even though you’re American, Meryl! And might I say, your tits are looking delightfully perky! Also, dress like this for every event ever, please!

KRISTEN WIIG // gown by Alberta Ferretti, shoes by Miu Miu

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

So natural and minimalist and beautiful, like a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t fit perfectly, but at least there’s no godforsaken choker, and she looks hot as hell.

CHRISTINA RICCI // gown by Givenchy

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The dress is mega-glam, but that hair and makeup are so ridiculously severe.


Photo: Gareth Cattermole

You might know her as Anna, the second ladies’ maid on Downton Abbey (and if you don’t, you should, because it’s the perfect television show). I love seeing the Downton cast out of their period costumes and being shocked by how totally normal and 21st-century they are. Anyway, Joanne looks AMAZING! Perfect hair, perfect makeup, fabulous gown, great clutch. Of course it’s a little on the boring side, but she’s not a red carpet regular, so this is an awesome start.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS // gown by H&M, purse by Olympia Le-Tan, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

No. You don’t get to wear a cheaper version of a thousand gowns you’ve already worn and pair it with something kitschy and call it a day, Michelle. Not if you want to win an Oscar, or my approval (which I know you seek infinitely more).

PENELOPE CRUZ // gown by Armani Privé

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty

Gorgeous, but I can’t help but feel that she wears this gown over and over again.

VIOLA DAVIS // gown by Valentino, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Celebutopia

Definitely not her best. The hair is awful, the gown is too tight and too shiny and the color doesn’t work at all. and the accessories don’t work. Get back on track in time for the Oscars, Viola!


Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty


BONNIE WRIGHT // dress, purse and shoes by Prada

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

Ginny Weasley pulled out some vintage Prada for the occasion, and I’m loving it. I’m also loving the shoes, but peep-toes with stockings? Black stockings, at that? Not on my watch.


Photo: Leon Neal/Getty

You know what? For Helena, this is shockingly conventional, and she looks fucking great. Nix the terrifying hair and makeup and you’ve got a beautiful Black Swan-esque dress, fabulous pumps, and evening gloves fit for the Grammys. Not too shabby for Bellatrix Lestrange.


Photo: Tom & Lorenzo

Lady Cora of Downtown Abbey needs a bit of fashion hand-holding. First off, like your character very well knows, there’s no shame in paying a professional to do your hair and makeup for you. Second, lose the mermaid gown, and find something that’s not a size too big.

SHAILENE WOODLEY // gown by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Bauer Griffin

That lipstick is a crime against humanity, and I’m already sick of this top-knot hair trend (and I’ve only seen it twice). The gown was a great idea but it is so not working on Shailene, who isn’t quite woman enough to carry it off. And that shade of nude is pretty terrible on her skin. It gives her no bust and no shape – it just kind of hangs off her loosely, but not in a beautiful and ethereal way.

OCTAVIA SPENCER // top and skirt by Tadashi Shoji, belt by Yves Saint Laurent, purse by Judith Leiber

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Octavia, you’ve been looking so fabulous lately! Why did you regress to this terrible, terrible office-assistant-at-the-holiday-party outfit?!

TILDA SWINTON // gown by Céline

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty

So over it.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS // gown by Vivienne Westwood

Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

There is never a reason for a woman this hot to look THIS TERRIBLE. That’s the worst hair I’ve seen since Rihanna, and the dress is obviously miles too tight on her poor suffocating breasts. It also makes her look shorter and wider than she really is, and that draped skirt is a nightmare. Let’s just never mention this look again, Christina, okay? We can get through this together – let’s just pretend it never happened.

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