Men in Black at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Britannia Awards

Posted on November 11, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch



Chiwetel Ejiofor



Idris Elba



George Clooney



Ralph Fiennes







[Photo Credit” Andrew Evans/]

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  • Danielle

    SWEET JESUS ON A CRACKER. I was not prepared.

    • NinaBoo

      My ovaries are now empty!

    • Introspective

      dont we love when sausage friday comes early?!

  • Carly Jackson

    I’ll take one of each, thank you!

    • Kathy

      Yes, please!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    Idris FTW

    • Except for Hands in POCKETSES! I forgive him, though. He can stuff whatever he wants wherever he likes, as far as I’m concerned.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        I contemplated that faux pas, but i am with you, the man can do whatever he likes…

    • kimmeister

      Why can’t I ever pinpoint who he reminds me of? Especially in that 3rd picture.

      • Kristin McNamara

        Sometimes he reminds me of Eko from Lost. But not in all pictures.

        • kimmeister

          Nope, not Mr. Eko, but I definitely think it’s a man of color.

          • Kristin McNamara

            He also kinda reminds me of an older version of Jason George (Bailey’s new husband in Grey’s Anatomy).

          • kimmeister

            Haven’t seen that show in years, and have never seen Jason George before. Thanks for trying though! (It’s probably someone totally random, maybe even someone I know in real life.)

      • Tashina Savage

        If you are anything like me, you have seen him in lots of stuff but didnt realize who he was. When I looked him up on IMDB, I was surprised at how much work he has done that I didn’t connect him to.

        • kimmeister

          I looked him up, and I’ve only seen him in Thor and The Office (and I don’t even remember who he was in the Office).

      • phylora

        Stringer Bell in The Wire.

        • kimmeister

          Never seen that show.

  • Tanya Wade

    What do we think of Ralph Fiennes rocking the James Spader “cut?” His eyes are sure still purdy…

    • Bethany Fairbrother

      I would take a balding Ralph Fiennes over a pretentious George Clooney any day!

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Amen, sister!

      • MoHub

        I’m barely seeing the hairline. I’m captivated by his eyes and smile.

      • ana170

        You can have him. I’d rather have the serial dater than the serial cheater.

    • lunchcoma

      It’s a good look for him. What are his alternatives, anyway? Going the John Travolta route and getting a series of increasingly implausible hairpieces. His face more than makes up for the lack of hair.

    • kimmeister

      I am more distracted by his laser-beam stare.

      • Kristin McNamara

        I’m still not really used to seeing him with a nose. (Child of the 90s here… can only name one other movie he’s in besides the HPs.)

        • alyce1213

          Schindler’s List, for one. He’s scary and brilliant.

          • Kristin McNamara

            Unfortunately, I’ve been told I shouldn’t watch that movie. Ever. I’m incredibly squeamish and sensitive to WW2/concentration camp subjects because of personal (very close) family history. Thus, the people closest to me have deemed that movie NOT “Kristin-safe”. (In my world, that is a commonly used adjective for movies and books….)

          • alyce1213

            I understand. It’s pretty overwhelming. He always good.
            Unless you’re a big J-Lo fan, you can definitely skip Maid in Manhattan, though. Bad rom-com.

          • demidaemon

            Man that movie has been repeating on TV like crazy lately.

          • marlie

            It’s a wonderfully made, extraordinarily intense movie. But, having seen it once, I never want to see it again. Way too much. So… I understand you not wanting to see it.

          • MK03

            Yeah, you’re probably better off skipping it. It’s very intense and difficult to watch.

          • makeityourself

            Just like Chiwetel’s movie.

          • Constant Reader

            I hear you on not being able to watch certain things. I basically tell people “if you can’t take your 9-year-old daughter to it, I can’t watch it” in terms of violence. I did see Schindler’s list, and while it’s a great movie, it was ROUGH to watch and I still remember certain scenes… especially if you have a family history, stick to your guns on that one.

        • kimmeister

          I haven’t seen a single HP movie. I’ve only seen him in Schindler’s List, Maid in Manhattan, and Skyfall (which as far apart in genres as you can get!).

          • Kristin McNamara

            Besides HP, I’ve only seen him in Red Dragon. This being before I was really old enough to have reached the level of “squeamish” that I am today (described above).

          • Tanya Wade

            My favorite RF movie is Oscar and Lucinda. He is beyond beautiful in that one. Oh, and Constant Gardener, too.

        • AnguaVonUberwald

          OMG, people, go watch the English Patient! Ralph Fiennes at his finest, as well as Naveen Andrews with the most glorious hair ever. Go! Go right now!

          • Naveen Andrews is SO HOT in that movie. I am a huge Lost nerd, but I loved him forever on that movie alone.

          • GillianHolroyd

            *And* Colin Firth. Truly a feast for the eyes.

          • Suzanne Moore

            Yes! Enlglish Patient is fantastical.

          • Kristin McNamara

            Oh wait, I actually have seen that! I didn’t love it though… I think I may have been too young to quite appreciate it. I was only about 18 when I saw it. (Maybe if I were to watch it now, it’d go over better.) Forgot Ralph was in that one!

          • Heather

            Yup. Time to re-watch.

          • Heather

            Ohhhh yes… that scene where Naveen washes his hair with olive oil… oh.

        • Catiline

          Unless it happens to be the one other movie, you should really check out Quiz Show. Ralph is so pretty in that movie, and he does a painfully sympathetic turn as the fallen golden boy of the scandal.

          • MoHub

            Ooh! You beat me to it!

          • Catiline

            Always happy to share the love for that movie! Ralph’s scene where he confesses to his dad is one of the defining scenes I think of when it comes to his ability as an actor. I also thought he and Rob Morrow played nicely off each other (despite Morrow’s accent).

        • AnnPopovic

          I should probably be embarrassed but my fav Fiennes film is Strange Days, with Angela Bassett. Yeah, go ahead and boo, Lenny Nero is a loveable character and that last scene is dreamy!

        • AnnPopovic

          Ooh, and how about Onegin? I loved him as Evgeni, and who doesn’t love Pushkin, even if that was a LOT of Liv Tyler to stomach.

        • 3boysful

          I know–I am way your senior, and know him from other movies. BUT, his cropped hair blends into the background, and I gasped at the first photo, as it looked eerily like his HP villian.

        • MoHub

          Try Quiz Show. He’s amazing in an amazing film.

          • BKagainwiththesweatpants

            He and it absolutely are! Probably Redford’s best job behind the camera also.

          • MoHub

            Agreed. Redford was working from experience, so there was that extra “it” factor.

        • ana170

          “The Constant Gardener”. It starts off slow but your patience will be rewarded.

      • Tanya Wade

        Yes, this is kind of what I’m feeling. I miss his nice head of hair, but this look really brings out his eyes, which are a great asset.

    • formerlyAnon

      I miss his hair. I’m of an age that I know lots of people whose hair I miss. I miss that portion of mine that’s vanished from the scene even more. I struggle for resignation.

      He’s still pretty damn compelling.

  • Mary D

    I just want to climb all over Idris Elba. Dear lord.

    • Random Compliments

      Amen, sister.

    • Danielle

      I would climb that like a tree. *waggles eyebrows*

  • Well, that’s it for my ovaries.

    • Yep, I grew some man ovaries and lost them, all in the space of a few seconds. “gawddammit I’m exhausted”.

      • Kristin McNamara

        That sounds like a lot of work! You should probably take the rest of the day off. And tomorrow. And maybe just keep looking at this post.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        But it was worth it, twue?

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      My ovaries just woke up from post-menopausal hibernation and thanked Baby Jesus and TLo for the Y chromosome.

  • Jaye Tyler

    My oh my, I didn’t realize it was my birthday! Thanks for the delicious (beef)cake πŸ˜‰

  • Not applicable

    Ralph Feinnes with a shaved head… alls I see now is Voldemort

  • misstressofsylar

    this may have been the first rundown I’ve seen on this site where I squealed “MINE” on each pic. what a way to end Monday. thank you Uncles!

  • They all loook great, though Chiwetel’s jacket is a bit too tight through the chest. Idris found some SOCKS!!! And *ahem* the front of those trousers of his. jeebus.

    • Is that a BAFTA in your pocket, or are you just glad to be on the red carpet?

      • really Really REALLY glad.

        • The fit seems to be a little bit snug there. Perhaps it needs to be let out a bit.

          • Since I like you so well, I will allow you to do the honors.
            I’m a giver like that.

          • Oh, if only…

          • formerlyAnon

            Damn. You really are.

          • Kristin McNamara

            To what “it” are you referring? The pants? Or…..

          • Yes.

    • Anna Vasquez

      Okay? And I don’t even believe in jeebus.

  • Not applicable

    Benedict Cumberbatch could there BE a more British name?? (insert Chandler Bing emphasis)

    also- his eyes freak me out- he just looks cruel. I’m sure he’s lovely or whatever, but yikes- is that just me?

    • Laura Renee

      Not so much cruel as “alien species.”

      • Not applicable

        yes- ok I could see that…

    • housefulofboys

      Not just you. I know a lot of people simply swoon over him, but I think his eyes are kind of lizard-like. Now if I just listen to him talk and don’t look at him, different story. He could read a phone book and I would be entranced.

      • cakecakecake

        I totally agree about the eyes, and have never swooned over him before, but zamn that suit looks good on him!

      • Kristin McNamara

        I teach high school, and there’s a student who’s a senior who looks IDENTICAL to Cumberbatch. He’s also kind of a family friend, so we talk about it all the time. And even his parents agree. It’s INCREDIBLY spooky. And I wish I could show a picture to make my point, but I would never. So you’ll just have to take my word for it. What a cutie he is, though!

      • marlie

        That voice is what did it for me. I didn’t necessarily find him attractive, but then I heard him speak, and I was done for.

      • Not applicable

        yes- a bit reptilian…

    • MilaXX

      All I see is an otter in a tux TBH and I like him,

      • Not applicable

        hahhaha- πŸ™‚

  • Janet B

    Men! A lovely group of men.

    A small jacket, an odd belt, a long hem; I just don’t care right now.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      They’re wearing suits???

  • Bexxx

    I will never understand how people can think Butterscotch Crankysnatch is the most attractive of these men, but to each her own I guess.

    • oh LORDY! Thank you for crackin’ my s**t up, just now.

    • Pennymac

      Best. Nickname. Evah!

    • DTLAFamilies

      You’re brave. *turns and flees the Cumberbitch hordes about to descend*

    • Totes stealing “Butterscotch Crankysnatch” for my new drag name. That is completely awesome.

    • marlie

      *gasp* I can’t stop laughing!

  • madscntst

    Except for Idris and George, it’s all “Night of the living accountants.”

  • OrigamiRose

    Cumberbatch and Clooney in one post? I need to go towel off. *drools*

    • rag254

      Right? If you need me I’ll be in my bunk…

  • Claire Haley

    Chiwetel’s jacket is not doing right by him but good lord does the smile/glasses combo make up for it.

    The Cumberbatch is looking extra slick. Nice to see he’s either learned a LOT about how to dress or has a stylist, finally.

    Idris Elba is maybe not wearing the best outfit (or maybe it’s just the hands in the pockets) but I can’t bring myself to be mad at him.

    Ralph Fiennes looks like Ralph Fiennes.

    George Clooney looks like a sheepish dinosaur.

    • cakecakecake

      “sheepish dinosaur” I’m so done for the night

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      ‘Sheepish Dinosaur’ AND ‘Butterscotch Crankysnatch’? I think this is one of the best threads ever! *Wipes eyes and fans self*

  • Maybe THIS is why Kelly Rowland had her tits out?

    • OrigamiRose

      Close down the comments, we have a winner πŸ™‚

    • Because otherwise she would have gone unnoticed in the glare?
      Could be, yep.

    • Put that way, can you blame her?

    • housefulofboys

      Girl, I live for your comments!

    • Kristin McNamara

      An excellent point.

  • Does not hold a candle to sirs T & Lo.

    • formerlyAnon

      ‘Cause none of these fellas are in a photo that shows the love.

  • So that’s why London was so rainy and depressing on Saturday… All our men were in LA. Lucky LA…

  • DTLAFamilies

    I see all the BKs hyperventilating but the only one that really looks hot to me is Idris. Cumby’s suit is perfectly tailored, which is nice. You can have the rest of them.

    • boweryboy

      I’ll gladly take Ralph Fiennes off your hands.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        Can we take turns?

        • boweryboy


  • Carla_Charlton

    I like it that George Clooney has on a traditional tux and bow tie — but the pants are too long.

    • kimmeister

      No one does “dashing” quite like him.

  • charlotte

    The leaning tower of Elba!

  • lunchcoma

    I’ve never found Cumberbatch hot, but the dude looks good here. Did he get a stylist? He at least got a new suit, which for him is already a big change.

    Elba looks hot because he always looks hot, but I can’t get behind the idea of all black men’s formalwear.

    I do appreciate that Clooney is willing to keep it classic.

  • Imasewsure

    Boring ass suits on gorgeous men… with George in a tux…. I’m still going to yawn. I demand more from my clothed men!!

    • conniemd

      Me too. I’ve been complaining about this for quite some time. My kingdom for some color on men.

  • decormaven

    Ahhh, heaven, I’m in heaven….

  • cakecakecake

    Damn, Benedict, you can cum on my batch any day

    • Trickytrisha

      Classy, real classy.

      • cakecakecake

        I commend whoever can keep it classy around this bunch!

        • Trickytrisha

          Heh, true dat.

  • boweryboy

    Cumberbatch does not move my pants, but he’s impeccably turned out.

    Ejiofor’s jacket is too small and too tight, and I want to crop his ‘fro a bit.

    At least Elba is wearing socks this time.

    And why is it that Clooney isn’t able to get his pants hemmed properly ever?

    Also, even though Fiennes’ suit looks cheap, and about a size too big alls I can say is Damn! His last name says it all.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Idris has on socks??????

      • boweryboy

        Perhaps two days of stank feet is all he can handle?

  • Do not like the fit on Chiwetel Ejiofor’s jacket.

  • Trickytrisha

    Unexpectedly yawn inducing. These are some prime males, but the damn formal wear thing is harshing my mellow, Clooney and Feinnes especially. And when did Ralph turn into Patrick Stewart Lite?

    • AnguaVonUberwald

      “And when did Ralph turn into Patrick Stewart Lite?”

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

      • Trickytrisha

        When the transformation is complete… he’ll probably still be Patrick Stewart Lite, ’cause NOBODY will ever equal my favorite bald Englishman.

    • Imasewsure

      I was thinking Ben Kingsley but I can see the Patrick Stewart brewing too which will be good once he makes the full transition…

  • Violentcello

    Chiwetal Ejiofor is a DOLL! He didn’t do anything for me in Love Actually, but I can’t stop smiling here, especially at his first picture. Proof positive that a pair of geeky specs is all a guy really needs.

    • lunchcoma

      Same here, even if his jacket doesn’t fit right. Glasses, and he looks genuinely happy on top of it? That’s going to win me over all the time.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I was praying to baby Jesus you’d do a post on the men at the Brittanias. Thanks, TLo and God!!

  • Celeste

    This Idris fella is growing on me. More, please.

  • MilaXX

    How is George, the lone American and probably the wealthiest of the lost, in the worst fitting tux? Is he shrinking from osteoporosis or something? His pants all look like he’s drowning in his suit.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Oh,no. George Clooney looks old and sad and his pants are too big. It’s like the handsomest man in the world has turned into George Burns. πŸ™

    • Lilak

      Not sure about the George Burns part just yet, but boy does Mr. Clooney need some lipstick (and his cheeks pinched)!

  • marlie

    A bunch of snazzy, handsome men in nice tuxes. A nice way to round out the evening. πŸ™‚

  • MW

    Benedict and Chiwetel made my day. Love the latter wearing glasses. Benedict needs to fix his tie and if he can’t do it himself I volunteer.

  • macwell

    George Clooney looks older, but – he looks so distinguished also. Almost Senatorial….? πŸ˜‰

  • appliquer

    Idris for the win!

  • andi56

    Looks like all the guys got the trouser cuffs right EXCEPT FOR GEORGE CLOONEY. George, WTF?!

    • Eric Stott

      Clooney’s jacket lapels have also been pressed a few times too often by a cleaner who forgot to use a press cloth.

      • andi56

        The man needs a new tux!

        • Eric Stott

          Truly- he has the money and the need. My tux is only a second hand Hickey Freeman but I take better care of it – and the trousers fit me!

          • andi56

            You can’t go wrong with a Hickey Freeman! My brothers got their tuxes years ago, and they still look great — midnight blue, of course, which is harder to find now. : )

    • quiltrx

      LOL exactly! I was all good hem, good hem…WTF GEORGE…good hem. He blew it. I hope the rest of them scoffed at his lumpy ankles.

      • andi56

        I wish I didn’t’ care so much about the hemming, but a girl has to have standards.

  • quiltrx

    I’m still trying to get used to nearly-hairless Ralph, but I’m getting there. Glad he finally let it go, it was looking really bizarre for a while. I’ve always had quite a thing for him…those eyes just cut you in two!

  • MGMcD

    Blatant pandering…I like it!

  • Heather

    I’d like an Idris/Chiwetel sandwich, please. With, um, extra oil.

  • Sunraya

    I have loved Fiennes since I saw him playing Hamlet on Broadway about 20 years ago. Great, great actor!

  • majorbedhead

    What? You mean I’m not supposed to lick my computer screen??

  • J. Preposterice

    george clooney is starting to look weirdly like my father. nooooooooooo