After winning Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards, Cate Blanchett received The Best Actress award at the Baftas for the role of Jeanette Francis in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’. It was one of the most emotional moments at the ceremony because Blanchett decidet to dedicate this honor to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman: “Phil, your monumental talent, your unflinching quest for truth both in art and in life will be missed by so many people. This is for you, you bastard, hope you’re proud” she said.
For many critics the fact that ’12 Years a Slave’ won only two awards (Best Picture and Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor) came as a surprise. ‘Gravity’ winning six of eleven nominations, including The Best British Film award was even more surprising to the Brits who didn’t see it as British enough.
Moreover, Jennifer Lawrence beat Lupita Nyong’o in Supporting Actress category and Bakhard Abdi, who played a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips, won the Supporting Actor award over Michael Fassbender.
On the other hand, some find the selection of red carpet gowns far more interesting than the ceremony itself. While Cate Blanchett wore Alexander McQueen black satin dress, Lupita Nuong’o has chosen a green Dior Couture gown. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt showed up both dressed up in tuxedos – hers from Saint Laurent and his from Valentino. Amy Adams was in black too, wearing Victoria Beckham, and Lea Seydoux matched her royal blue Miu Miu dress with Chopard jewelry. Helen Miren looked dashing in Jacques Azagury gown teamed with Jimmy Choo clutch and Asprey jewelry, Lily Allen wore colorful Vivienne Westwood dress, and Uma Thurman looked amazing in tight navy dress by Atelier Versace.
Since the BAFTA ceremony took place during London Fashion Week it was interesting to see celebrities wearing British designers. Laura Carmichael wore Erdem strapless dress, Oprah Winfrey showed up in Stella McCartney gown and Olga Kurylenko has chosen a Burberry dress.