BAFTA Awards 2012 Red Carpet – Part TWO

Posted on February 13, 2012

More of those wacky Brits and the award-hungry Americans who keep annoying them!

Bonnie Wright

Credit where it’s due: this is a pretty fashion-y look for the red carpet. We salute her daring. We’re not entirely sold on it, however. Expecially the dark tights.


Cuba Gooding Jr.

Have we ever mentioned how much we hate the white scarf with the tux? Especially when it has fringe?


Daniel Radcliffe in Antonio Azzuolo

Why do we get the impression that when he walked away, his shoes stayed in place? He looks good, but there was a slight hemming required here.


Eddie Redmayne in Burberry

 What? Go home and start over.


Elsa Pataky

 The “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to present … MY MIDSECTION!” dress.


Emilia Fox in Luisa Beccaria

 Way too much.


Fearne Cotton in Moschino

 We appreciate the boldness of the color, even if this isn’t a favorite color of ours. We don’t think it suits her either.


Francesca Gardiner

 Nice enough. Simple, but sexy and very flattering to her.


Hayley Atwell

 We like the idea of this dress more than the actuality of it. That blue is just way too shiny and the whole thing looks a little early ’70s prom because of it.


Jessica Brown-Findlay

The dress is dramatic, if a little tough to style. The real crime here is the face. Honey, if you can’t afford a professional paint job, then at least pay someone to give you a couple lessons on the basics. You apply your makeup like a 13-year-old.


Laura Bailey


We haven’t had such a violently negative reaction to a dress in a while! We HATE this dress so much!

It’s refreshing!


Luke Treadaway

 Pretty good.


Meryl Streep in Vivienne Westwood

Oh, we see. So that’s how it’s gonna be, is it, Meryl? You dress like you’re grocery shopping when it’s an AMERICAN red carpet, but for the Brits you’ll WERQ that RC like it stole your parking spot? Hmph. We’ll see about that. We’ll get them to sic Judi Dench and Maggie Smith on you.

Fine. You look incredible.


Michael Fassbender in Giorgio Armani

 That suit smells like the inside of a locker.


Michelle Williams in H&M Bespoke

 Simple, pretty and chic.


Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

 Oooooh, no, honey. Just no. This one’s not working.


Olivia Williams

 Pretty. Don’t love the hair.


Shailene Woodley in Dolce & Gabbana

 Totally a “good on paper” dress.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    Michelle Williams must have been expecting a boring evening.  She brought a book with her.

    • Jessica Walsh

       it’s one of those purses that LOOKS like a book!

      • Anonymous

        Well, I meant that to sound tongue-in-cheek, but I guess it didn’t come off that way :)

        • allisankelly

          It did, don’t worry.

    • Rand Ortega


  • Anonymous

    I usually can’t stand Michelle Williams’ twee-er-than-thou picks, so this is refreshing.  She and Meryl both looked fantastic.

    Thanks for the laugh, Laura Bailey!

  • Cheryl Kohs

    God, Brits are boring dressers.

    • Anonymous

      God, Americans are (usually) tacky dressers.

      • Anonymous

        Isn’t Cate Blanchett Australian? Not that I’m negating your point or anything.

        • Anonymous

          You’re right, my mistake – ’cause she does Brit movies, I guess.

      • Patti Lever

         Oi, Cate is ours!

        • Anonymous

          Oi, I know, I know. I stand corrected!   

    • Anonymous

       Hardly! Eccentric and disheveled at times, but boring no.

  • Anonymous

    Is there a part three? We must -simply must -discuss Emma Watson! 

    • Laura Schultz

      betting on a stand-alone post…

      • Anonymous

        So much going on this weekend I hope it doesn’t get lost!

  • Anonymous

    Have we ever mentioned how much we hate the white scarf with the tux? Especially when it has fringe?

    Even more especially when the black tag is still on it!  (Seriously though, a shorter white silk scarf with a tux is classic.)

    • Anonymous

      And it’s all wrinkled and creased. It looks like one of those faux pashmina scarves you can get two for $19.99.

      • Anonymous

        They’re half that in NYC. :) I bring them back to my office mates by the sack-full, but we wear them at work, not on the RC.

    • Elizabeth Norris

      Yeah, I don’t mind the white silk scarf look, but holy shit, fringe? Is that an actual knit scarf? Like, winterwear?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree on a tasteful, shorter, classic white scarf. 
      The problem arises when it looks like a tallis (long Jewish prayer shawl).

      • Anonymous

        ~ checks photo for tzitzit ~  

        • Anonymous

           I salute you for this week’s BitterKitten Wikipedia Search.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, tzitzit have the fringe thing going too, but generally tzitzit is vest-like cotton or wool thing worn UNDER clothing.  Very popular where I live (lower east side NYC).

  • Anonymous

    I think my biggest problems with Fearne are the sleeve length and the hair.  The hair is frizzy and the shape is aging.  The sleeve lenth is too short.  Either to the wrists or 3/4, but a couple inches from the wrist make it look like it doesn’t fit.  Standing the way she is ins’t helping, either. 

  • Anonymous

    Cuba Gooding is lost, thought he was meeting Jon Voight at shul.  (Google it)

    Shailene Woodley’s dress is gorgeous, not just on paper. Only a young person could wear this fantasy, and she wears it beautifully.
    Notice her hair is done.  I think she looks lovely.   Represent, girl!

    This is what Michelle Williams should wear.  And grow out the hair already.  Enough Peter Pan twee.

    Michael Fassbender is pledging for The Douchebag Club.

    Overall, this clothing is so much better than what we usually see at our Oscars.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed wholeheartedly on Fassbender and Shailene.  Seriously, I liked her look.

    • SkipperJane

      See, to me Shailene Woodley’s hair looks like lazy gym hair. Maybe I need another photo.  

      • Anonymous

        It’s not an April sloppy bun, it’s a lovely high chignon.

  • Anonymous

    the one sentence comments just kill me.  i dont care how loud i am laughing today. 

  •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Emilia Fox’s dress looks like a cheap imitation of Alexander McQueen

  • Jennifer Coleman

    Wow. I’ve never had my brain violently reject an image as it just did with Meryl Streep’s photo. It was all like, BASED ON PREVIOUS VISUAL INPUT, THIS CANNOT BE MERYL STREEP. ABORT!

    She looks fabulous, sexy and confident as hell. What the hell happened on that plane to England?? Will it revert on the trip home (I hope not)?

    • Anonymous

      I got ERROR 404 on my computer screen.

    • Cassie

      She looks AMAZING. Like, RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING. Get it girl.

  • Sara

    I don’t know who Fearne Cotton is but I think that dress would have been much better sleeveless.  And without the bow on the sash. 

    • Anonymous

      She’s a pain in the ass, that’s all you really need to know :)

      (DJ, TV presenter, Annoyance)

  • Anonymous

    Maybe my screen is too dark to pick out the details, but other than about two inches too much of pantspuddle, what did Eddie Redmayne do to piss you boys off?

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I know, right? I think TLo literaly start hissing when they see a photo of him.

      • Anonymous

        Ok! I’m so glad it wasn’t just me!

    • Anonymous

      “What? Go home and start over.”It may just be the expression he was caught in, because he and Daniel Radcliffe are dressed identically (except for the shirt studs), and that wouldn’t be fair.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. He looks like all the other men at this event. Let’s hear more from TLO on this subject. They have a more discerning eye than the average bitter kitten.

    • Susana Reyes

      I thought the same thing. : /

    • Susana Reyes

      I thought the same thing. : /

    • Anonymous

      I thought it might have just been that shot, but I saw another as well and it just looks like his suit didn’t fit right. And his hair was a mess. Maybe on his own it would have been ok, but when there are better examples it just stands out…

    • Anonymous

      My guess is the unbuttoned coat. 

    • Isadora Paiva

      I actually saw the BAFTA photos before, and the one TLo picked of hime does not do justice to how awful he looked. I guess it’s too dark. His hair looked absolutely ridiculous!

      • Anonymous

        I dunno, I still don’t find it an offensive outfit. The hair isn’t… shall we say, mundane, but not totally out of the question for young dapper hollywood-types. And I actually like the velvet tux. Works for him.

  • Anonymous

    Yay, Meryl! Yaaaay!!!

  • Donna Lee

    Laura Bailey looks like Nick Nolte fell into the discount notions bin at JoAnn.

  • Anonymous

    Emilia’s reminds me of the McQueen dress Florence Welch wore that I hated.  Wrong color, too many tiers.

    And Jessica’s is a forgettable Alessandra Rich, which saddens me.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Meryl Streep has a hell of a rack. She should get them out more often.

    Do you think Bonnie Wright is in talks for the Florence Welch biopic?

  • Judy S

    Love Streep. Can’t recognize lady Sybil. Weird.

  • Jahna Peloquin

    Aw Eddie Redmayne looks adorable! What’s wrong with his look? He’s totally the Burberry poster boy, wearing perfectly fitting Burberry. What could be wrong?!

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Holy hell, I am so stealing Meryl Streep’s new stylist. She. Looks. AMAZING.

    (Also, well done Michelle W!  See how nice you look when you dress your decade?)

  • Elizabeth Norris

    Is Jessica Brown-Findlay’s black dress the same one that Lena Heady wore to the Emmys? It looked better on Lena. She was able to pull it off with more drama.

    I honestly thought for a moment Haley Atwell’s dress had fallen down to her waist. The white top blended in with her skin until I looked closer.

    • Anonymous

      JBF’s outfit needs jewelry. She looks like she’s starring in a reproduction of The Secret Garden on Broadway. And who is Luke Treadaway and how can I have more of him in my life?

      • Sara L.

        I was thinking more the Scarlet Letter. And ditto on Luke Treadaway. Yum.

    • Vera

      Didn’t the boys call it the “Sexy Pilgrim” dress?

  • VicksieDo

    I totally disagree about Jessica Brown-Findlay, she looks great, if a bit goth.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, what?
    “H&M Bespoke”?

    Exsqueeze me??
    H&M Bespoke???


    • Belle Burnett

      Right?! Bespoke, H&M?! What the what now?

    • Anonymous

      I had the same reaction. Who knew H&M did that?!

  • Shawn EH

    Meryl has never looked better! If only Octavia had a plain black skirt, not all the feathers or whatever they are. The blouse is nice.

  • Anonymous

    YES MERYL!!! YES!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sidenote: Your recaps of Downton Abbey are the reason I haven’t bothered with this season. Thank you for preventing many “FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE” moments for me.

    Meryl owned this RC like she too wants to triumph over Gary Oldman for Best Actor in the Oscars.

  • Anonymous

    ok this is really juvenile, but i read ‘michael fassbender’, ‘smell’, and ‘locker’ (-room) and i just start panting and fawning.

  • Anonymous

    Fearne Cotton  AHHH! The hair! The bow! The prairie neck!

  • allisankelly

    Meryl is looking fierce. Michele Williams looks so much better than usual too. I guess I need to watch The Descendants so I know why Shailene Woodley is at these things.

  • Anonymous

    Michelle Williams’ dress is beautiful on her. Now why can’t she just fluff up her damn hair? She reminds me of Alfred E. Newman and not in a good way. I think Meryl Streep’s expanse of bosom is unprecedented, at least in my memory. Who knew she could look so hot? Cuba Gooding Jr. apparently came prepared to perform some kind of religious rite. Maybe it will involve exorcising Laura Bailey’s hideous dress.  

    • Sara L.

      “I think Meryl Streep’s expanse of bosom is unprecedented….”

      This is awesome. And true.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, please, please Michelle fluff up that effing hair. 
      But I’ll allow it only once, and then you have to GROW it. 

  • Anonymous

    Michael F. Assbender just made my PC smell of post-coitus…and I love it. 

    Meryl looks AMAZING…I can’t believe she’s giving us so much boobsicles.  Good for her!

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who think that Michelle’s necklace looks like an upscale version of a Hot Topic choker?

  • Anonymous

    Hell yeah Meryl!!

    As far as maternity dresses go, Elsa’s is quite lovely.

  • Anonymous

    Octavia seriously needs to beat up her stylist.

  • Anonymous

    Meryl looked amazing. Did anyone see the shoe incident? Managing to have Colin Firth at your feet is a pretty good standard for an evening.

    Fearne Cotton just annoys me. That’s all.

    I barely recognised Emilia Fox! She doesn’t suit the red hair.

    Not seeing the problem with Eddie Redmayne? It’s not a great pic but he looks fine. Daniel Radcliffe on the other hand again has a jacket that looks too short on him.

    I like Jessica Brown-Findlay’s dress. And she wouldn’t be chittering in the cold either – sensible girl.

  • bookish

    The blue part of Hayley Atwell’s dress really does look like my high school prom dress, which I LOVED at the time.

  • Belle Burnett

    I like Octavia’s skirt, but she does know that she’s shorter and wee bit heavier than Sharon Stone, right? That particular white shirt isn’t working for her…

  • Anonymous

    Hayley Atwell’s dress is pretty cool, but the “romp in the limo” hair needs to go.  There were several people who seemed to have had a fling in the car on the way to this event (Christina Hendricks, looking at you)

  • Anonymous

    Hayley Atwell’s dress is pretty cool, but the “romp in the limo” hair needs to go.  There were several people who seemed to have had a fling in the car on the way to this event (Christina Hendricks, looking at you)

  • Anonymous

    The fuller-figured gals are going for Tadashi Shoji, and I don’t think it’s been successful once.

  • Anonymous

    The fuller-figured gals are going for Tadashi Shoji, and I don’t think it’s been successful once.

    • Anonymous

      Tadashi makes some decent dresses but I agree, those are not the ones I’ve been seeing on the RC lately.

      I’m really curious about this. I’ve seen some Tadashi and David Meister dresses on plus-size stars that are clearly off the rack. I’m talking about $300-$600 dresses. No wonder these women rarely look as good as their peers. It’s a totally different class of garment. Are plus-size women stuck with ready-to-wear options for RC appearances?

      • Denise Alden

        I believe they are.  Unless you take your chances and have Badgley Mischka “design” a dress for you like Melissa McCarthy did at the Golden Globes:  we saw how well that turned out.  Adele wore Armani Prive and to my knowledge, they do not design plus sizes, but she looked terrific.  Personally, I’d be very uneasy having someone who considers a size eight a plus size design a dress for me for all the world to see.

        And I disagree with Gayer_Than_Thou (though bow deeply to the name):  the Tadashi Shoji that Octavia Spencer wore to the Globes was fantastic.

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, yes. MM’s Globes dress was a sad state of affairs. Shame because the color and detailing were so nice but the cut was a disaster.

          I don’t know the size range for Armani Prive, but Adele might well fall within it — as far as I know she wore a UK12 before losing weight.

          • Anonymous

            A UK 12? That’s hardly what I’d call a plus size, that’s just relatively normal. If that’s the case then I’d be jumping to front of the queue to slap Karl Lagerfeld for calling her “a little too fat”. I did assume she was bigger than that.

            Pah. [insert long rant about unrealistic stereotyping of women, men and sizing here]

  • BeauOnTheJob

    Williams wins

  • Anonymous

    Love the Michael Fassbender description. Makes me wish I was standing right next to him!

  • Paola Thomas

    Oh dear. I LIKE Laura Bailey’s dress.  The shoes not so much.  Maybe I need a lie down..

  • Anonymous

    I think Michelle’s been reading here — that’s about as non-twee as one can get!

  • Andra

    I saw nothing else after seeing Ms. Streep’s gorgeous cleavage.  Yum!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Some of the more severe looks eg Fearne’s long sleeves will just be down to the fact that it is actually Baltic in London right now. Tryin’ to stay warm ain’t no crime.

  • MusingsFromManhattan

    H&M Bespoke?

  • Anonymous

    Laura Baailey–the dress is bad enough, but it’s the extreme skinniness that made me cringe.  Meryl looks like she has already officially been made a Dame.   And now announcing…Dame Meryl.  She looks great.

  • Anonymous

    Meryl Streep looks just lovely.  Jessica Brown-Findlay gets high marks from me by wearing such an usual and dramatic dress WITH SLEEVES.  I guess that’s what makes it unusual.  That and the high neckline; she’s not squeezed into it or falling out of it, or dressing for a lower latitude.  What a rebel.

  • Laura Schultz

    Michelle Williams looks great, for once, and Meryl shuts it down. DANG!

    Actually, I kind of dig the Laura Bailey dress. 

    Harry Potter looks fab!

  • Anonymous

    Shazaam!  That’s some fabulous décolletage on Ms. Meryl!  She looks positively elegant.

  • MilaXX

    Bonnie Wright – I wish she had worn nude hose. I like this look, but it’s a bit under dressed.Cuba Gooding Jr. – I used to have a crush on him so hard. Now he just annoys me. Why does he always wear a scarf lately?
    Daniel Radcliffe  – Okay, I can’t even get worked up about the hem. The suit fits.
    Eddie Redmayne  – Looks a little sloppy & is the jacket too small? Doesn’t look like he can button it.
    Elsa Pataky – Don’t like the curtain effect.
    Emilia Fox – I don’t mind this, just wish it was in a color.
    Fearne Cotton – Cute dress, hate her hair.

    Francesca Gardiner – Very pretty
    Hayley Atwell – Besides looking cheap, it looks like it’s missing a jacket or shrug.
    Jessica Brown-Findlay – Bad hair, bad makeup and the dress looks like and 18th century funeral gown.
    Laura Bailey – fug
    Luke Treadaway – Okay, nothing earth shattering

    Meryl Streep – So she comes to the US awards looking like Obi Wan & across the ponds she’s all glam. Please dress like this for the Oscars.
    Michael Fassbender – Messy
    Michelle Williams – Gorgeous. Love the red lip
    Octavia Spencer – I agree the skirt is not the best shape for her, but I like this outfit. It looks like she’s actually thinking about style and fashion.
    Olivia Williams – It’s okay but borders on bridal.
    Shailene Woodley – This child needs a better stylist.

    • Akumabunny

      Agree with almost everything you have to say, but I think, for a maternity dress, Elsa Pataky’s looks pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    Who knew that Vivienne Westwood would be Meryl’s perfect designer?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know who Elsa Pataky is, but she looks like a glammed up Sarah Chalke.

    Nice to see Olivia Williams!  Haven’t seen her in anything since Dollhouse was canceled.

    Shailene’s lipstick is not working for her.

  • Pennymac

    Why is Laura Baileys’ dress drooling pearls?

  • Anonymous

    [edit: it posted out of thread]

  • Vera

    Shaliene Woodley looks like she’s wearing a nightgown–a pretty nightgown, but still, a nightgown.  
    Meryl’s got rack.
    It has to be said. Octavia Spenser looks like a server even with a feather skirt.
    Michelle Williams looks classy.
    Who is Laura Bailey?  What a fugly dress!
    Bonnie Wright’s dress is totally sweet, but not RC material.
    Cuba should have left the scarf at home. 
    DanRad’s pants need hemming. Otherwise, he’s adorbs!

    • Carla Williams

      It’s not just the white scarf, but a pet peeve of mine is not removing the label/tag from a scarf–it’s so distracting. Invest in a $2 seam ripper, people!

      • Call me Bee

        Yes–and after they take tags off, they can use it to start hemming all the gowns that drag on the floor and pants puddling on the men’s shoes.  I guess hem tailoring is plain out of style. 

  • Kira McAulay

    Any chance of a pic and opinion on Tom Hiddleston?  Yummy

    Fassbender was wearing a ‘green’ tux made of recycled bottles…. and I’d happily help him out of it!

  • Erin

    Octavia Spencer FINALLY colored her lips!  Now if she would just turn them up a little at the ends….

  • a Studio by the Sea

    Yay for Meryl!  Like she stepped out of a Sargent portrait!

  • Winterhart

    I usually can’t stand tans, but Dan Radcliffe needs to discover the sun in a truly serious way.   I could use that photo to white balance my camera!

    • Sara Munoz

      No joke. 

    • Anonymous

      Bah! Nothing wrong with being ghostly! 

  • Claudia Berry

    I don’t care what Fassy’s suit smells like ’cause he won’t be wearing it for long . . . 

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or does Olivia Williams look like Alan Cummings?

  • Anonymous

    You boys are so naughty! Come on, Fassbender’s trousers are too long and a stray white collar is something every man in a tie needs to have a sixth sense about or at least keep an eye on it. Course less likely if your tie is done up…

  • Sara Munoz

    Meryl’s boobs want to give Helen Mirren’s boobs a run for their money.

  • gillian holroyd

    Jessica Brown-Findlay: what Meryl Streep wore through most of “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, none of these really do it for me, though of course props to Ms. Streep for not being all country and western here.  I also like the Harry Potter peeps.

  • Anonymous

    Damn Meryl! Do you only WERQ that shit when you’re away from home?  Nice job hauling the tits out.  Maybe Queen Helen got hold of her and taught her a thing or three.

    And I think Emilia and Fearne got their dresses at Florence Welch’s yard sale.  You really have a to have “a look” to get away with those dresses.  And they no got.

  • Anonymous

    I think  Hayley Atwell’s dress would work if it were tapered down the at the ankles- Swinton style. Meryl looks great and I loved the little Cinderella thing with Colin when she collected her award. I like her so much. I’ve heard from someone who catered an event for her that she’s lovely and insisted on making the desserts :)

  • Anonymous

    My jaw dropped when I saw Meryl.  STUNNING

  • Anonymous

    I watched Meryl at the BAFTA awards on television.   She got her shoe caught going up the stairs to receive her award and stepped completely out of it, leaving it on the stairs.  She walked with one shoe on and one shoe off (and it was a really tall shoe) all the way to the podium.  She pointed to her shoe and Colin Firth walked off stage to the stairs, fetched it and knelt down to put it on her outstretched foot, much like he was Prince Charming and she was a sexy old Cinderella.  She of course, was as elegant and humble as ever related to this, turning it into some kind of darling moment versus something awkward and embarrassing.   This is why we love her!

    • Judy_J

      Oh, what I would give to have Colin Firth put a shoe on my foot!

  • Call me Bee

    Wow lots of crazy in this bunch.  Ruffles and shiny faces and just plain weird stuff.  I see Meryl decided to take her chest for a walk this time round, and I like the idea of Octvia’s outfit, but it would have been much better with a more tailored skirt. 
    All the guys look like their suits are two sizes too small!  What gives?

  • kvlm

    I’m just glad Daniel Radcliffe stepped away from the colored-frog-closure-Howard Hefner suits of yore. 

  • Allen Robert

    Michael Fastbender – “That suit smells like the inside of a locker.” – I’ll smell the inside of his locker ANYTIME. 

  • annmartina

    I think Shailene Woodley’s dress would be pretty when in motion

  • Anonymous

    Overall, a well dressed crowd.  I like that the Brits take chances and we are not subject to a sea of fishtail gowns.

  • Sophie Collier

    Poor Shailene.  She never really gets it right, does she?  

  • R. L.

    Meryl!  Wow!

  • Anonymous

    Finally Meryl looks like the Magnificent woman she is! Finally!