They should rename it snow business — freezing temperatures and sleet failed to deter the biggest names in show business at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
Hollywood's finest descended on an icy red carpet in London for the glamorous annual awards show. But it was the British who shone brightest of all in an array of eccentric ensembles — with Dame Helen Mirren the most stunning of them all. The 67-year-old actress made a show-stopping entrance with a bright pink cropped hairstyle, teamed with an elegant cream A-line gown.
She said: "I thought it would be fun. I was watching America's Next Top Model one night and I saw the British model who had pink hair and I thought 'Ooh, that looks really pretty. I'm going to copy her. I'm going to have lots of fun and celebrate'."
The bold high-fashion look
Other homegrown stars chose equally adventurous looks, despite howling winds and sleet. Singer Paloma Faith was striking in a metallic gown which she offset with an elaborate rolled chignon.
American fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker, 47, made a bold and unusual choice too, in a dark trouser suit. British star Emilia Fox, 38, opted for a black ruched gown at the event, formally known as the EE British Academy Film Awards. Stunning actresses Gemma Arterton, 27, Amy Adams, 38, and Anne Hathaway, 30, could only be admired for braving the chill at London's Royal Opera House in delicate heels and flesh-baring dresses.
Jessica Chastain wins award forbest dressed as Jennifer.
Lawrence stays warm
Jessica Chastain's arrival at the BAFTA awards ceremony tonight wasn't even a certainty after it seemed that the Zero Dark Thirty star would be stranded in New York. Jennifer Lawrence recovered from her Golden Globe fashion faux pas, stunning in a beautiful fairytale gown.
The Hunger Games star had been left red-faced when her structured dark blue frock split apart at Golden Globes last month, but she looked back to her best this evening, sticking with a more classic pale pink Dior dress.
The 22-year-old star's style suffered in the dismal British weather however, with the pretty gown becoming drenched from the soggy red carpet. As usual, 51-year-old George Clooney had no trouble looking stylish, sporting a beard and wrapped up in a cashmere coat.
The first award, for Outstanding British Film, was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck to Skyfall. Film-maker Sam Mendes paid tribute to the "bravery and brilliance" of Daniel Craig and "the great" Ian Fleming who created James Bond.
Tarantino celebrates Bafta victory
Hollywood bad boy Quentin Tarantino is celebrating after his controversial screenplay for the western Django Unchained was awarded a Bafta. The film about a freed slave intent on revenge has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by what he described as "a hot potato" as he collected the Original Screenplay award.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild award for his role in Lincoln and is hot favourite to carry off an Oscar, won the Bafta for Best Actor. Accepting his award, Day-Lewis poked fun at his reputation for immersing himself in his characters.
He joked: "Just on the chance I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this I've actually stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years and had a various selection of Bafta sets down-scaled, dating from the late fifties, placed in every single room of every house I've ever lived in and every time I rise from a chair it spontaneously unleashes a soundtrack of thunderous applause, with a few boos and some drunken hecklers."
Performers including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures along with Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren, the latter sporting dyed pink hair.
Host Stephen Fry introduced the show with the first big award — or Outstanding British Film — going to the latest James Bond adventure, Skyfall. Its director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the brilliance of star Daniel Craig and the great Ian Fleming, who created the character of Bond.
The award for Special Visual Effects went to the 3D spectacular Life Of Pi before Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway. The actress thanked the "golden-hearted group" who made the film and wished her unwell co-star Redmayne well, saying: "Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know."
Ben Affleck's Argo rules the BAFTAs
Ben Affleck was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Sunday night after Argo won honours for Best Film and Best Director. The star's acclaimed movie about the real-life 1979 Iranian hostage crisis beat out the likes of Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty for the ceremony's main prize.
He was also named Best Director, ahead of Oscar nominees Michael Haneke (Amour) and Ang Lee (Life Of Pi) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), who, like him, were snubbed by Academy Awards voters.