Sunday, 23 February 2014

2014 BAFTA's Round-Up

Hello again readers! As you can tell from the title, it is once again time for another awards show post. This time, I will be doing a little, super delayed recap of the 2014 BAFTA's, because other countries deserve award shows too (recaps for all!- teenage fanatic, promoting international equality since 2014).

Best and Worst Dressed

As always, I'm going to get all judgemental and determine who earns the privilege to be on my best dressed list, and of course see who's fashion judgements sucked enough to make it into the worst dressed category. To be honest, there wasn't anything majorly awesome fashion wise at the BAFTA's, perhaps everyone's saving their glam for the Oscars? Who knows. 

Best Dressed

Lupita Nyong'o 

This girl is seriously on fire with her fashion choices! She was 100% by far the best dressed at the event, no doubt about it. She just looked awesome. She really knows how to rock a red carpet! She may be in '12 Years A Slave', but she certainly doesn't dress like one, that's for sure. The green looks awesome on her, and the shape's nice too, and the belt just tops it off and I seriously can't fault it. Bravo Lupita, bravo!

Samantha Barks

She may be famous for her role as Eponine in the 2012 film adaption of 'Les Misèrables', but she also certainly doesn't dress like her, at all (thank god). She seriously just looks amazing. It's simple, it's elegant, it's really just all-round awesome. Seriously, talk about the awkward moment when you accidentally out dress pretty much everyone at the BAFTA's and you're not even nominated. This is definitely a fashion success!

Sophie Kennedy Clark

I may not really know who she is, but I have to hand it to her, she does look super awesome. Gold dresses done well are really cool and work super well, so this is really a no brainer for me. If she'd managed to stand up straight and maybe not look like she was in line for the guillotine, then I would like it way more. But overall, I'm loving the look. 

Amy Adams

Although this dress was a bit controversial and split the opinion of pretty much everyone, I have to say that I really liked it. It was classy, it was slimming, and she looked super nice, what more can you ask for at the BAFTA's? Also, it's Amy Adams, and she's just majorly awesome, so she's won already. 

Uma Thurman

I actually seriously love this. It's super duper nice, it's super duper classy, and it's a nice change from everything else we've seen this awards season. It's just classic Hollywood, so I'm loving it. Besides, Uma can do no wrong. 

Worst Dressed

Alicia Vikander

Once again, I have absolutely no idea who she is, but that doesn't mean I can't criticise her truly abominable ensemble. Why would you rock up to the BAFTA's in a half tribal half Bjork swan dress frock? Apparently, this dress has been receiving some positive reviews from some fashion blogs around the globe, but I seriously don't know how. This dress is actually just ridiculous and weird. A big no no.

Fearne Cotton

Remember how with Sophie Kennedy Clark I said that I liked gold dresses done well? This is not an example of that. This dress seriously reminds me of a blinged up body bag. It's just awful. It's like she's being smothered by a bunch of ugly fabric, and that's never a good thing. Better luck next time Fearne. 

Lily Allen

You're always expecting something a bit out of the norm with Lily Allen, that's just how she rolls. So I pretty much knew that whatever she was going to wear was either going to be a fabulous hit, or a spectacular miss. Unfortunately, it seems that this time, it was the latter. I like the bold colours, but that's legitimately all I can say. On a dress, pink and orange together just look strange. This ensemble kind of looks like a kindergarten art project gone wrong. I hate to say it, but it's just plain awful. Sorry Lily. 

Maggie Gylenhaal

No, just no. That's all I can really say to sum this one up. Apparently, some people thought this was some kind of regal masterpiece, but I am definitely not one of them. It looks like something an amateur drag queen would pop out wearing in a seedy night club, not an established actress on a red carpet. It's not that there's anything particularly awful when everything's separated, but the whole look together is just weirdly harsh and slightly gothic (and not in a good way). Sorry, but no. 

Ruth Wilson

This is seriously a hideous piece of work. Why Ruth, why? There is absolutely nothing vaguely aesthetically pleasing about this ensemble whatsoever. The colours are off, the hair is awful, the shoes are actually kind of creepy (if that's even possible). Why would you rock up to an award show wearing some kind of hideous, high waisted space suit? If you're going to be all edgy and wear a suit, do an Angelina Jolie and make it classy, not intergalactic. 

The Actual Award Show

The show began as the legendary Stephen Fry (the host of the 2014 BAFTA's) made his way onto the stage and started with his little intro. He started off by talking about how this was the biggest event of the British Film calendar, and somehow, ended with "I'm putting myself up to be a nude Mr. August for 2014". He then did the usual thing of picking out random nominees in the audience and talking a bit about their movies, all the while adding in some of his quirky jokes that only he can make. Long story short, the identity of Brad and Angelina was questioned, Emma Thompson was referred to as an actress catering to the over 70's, and Christian Bale was accused of wearing a retro wig, so you know, just your usual award show stuff. Everything seemed to start pretty quickly, as before we knew it, the first musical performance was announced. 

In my usual award show recap fashion, pretty much the rest of what I'm writing won't be chronological, so best of luck with keeping up. 

Musical Performance

Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula

As the one and only live musical performance of the night, these two kicked off the award show pretty well. There was some rapping, there was some soul music, what better collaboration could you ask for (besides anything ever by the Glee cast)? It also helped that they were both actually super good, so that was a nice change from most award shows. It was fun, it was entertaining, and officially got everyone pumped up. Plus, it was pretty short, so it didn't get boring. Also, the little clip playing in the background of all the various movies that were filmed throughout the past year helped to keep everyone interested. 

And the winners are . . .

Best Picture

- 12 Years a Slave

Best British Film/Best Special Visual Sound Effects/Best Original Music/Best Sound/Best Cinematography

- Gravity

Best Director

- Alfonso Cuarón, 'Gravity'

Best Actor

- Chiwetel Ejiofor, '12 Years a Slave'

Best Actress

- Cate Blanchett, 'Blue Jasmine'

Best Supporting Actor

- Barkhad Abdi, 'Captain Phillips'

Best Supporting Actress

- Jennifer Lawrence, 'American Hustle'

Best Original Screenplay/Best Make Up and Hair

- American Hustle

Best Adapted Screenplay

- Philomena

Best Foreign Film

- The Great Beauty

Best Documentary

- The Act of Killing

Best Animation

- Frozen

Best Editing

- Rush

Best Production Design/Best Costume Design

- The Great Gatsby

Best British Short Animation

- Sleeping with the Fishes

Best British Short Film

- Room 8

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

- Kieran Evans, 'Kelly + Victor'

The EE Rising Star Award

- Will Poulter

Did I agree with all of the winners? Truth be told, I didn't really have that much of an opinion considering I haven't seen the majority of the movies that were nominated, but I'm pretty happy. I'm glad J-Law got a BAFTA (even though she wasn't present to actually claim it), because let's face it, anyone who says this in an interview deserves all kind of awards:

I'm also super happy that Frozen won 'Best Animation', because it's seriously one of the best things ever. All in all, I'm pretty pleased. 

My Awards

As with all award shows, the time has come for me to hand out my own awards (which let's face it, are more important than the real ones). I know you're all hanging on the edge of your seats, so without further ado, here are my awards . . .

Best Movie Referance: This one 100% goes to Stephen Fry, when he made a reference to Helen Mirren when she played Queen Elizabeth the second in 'The Queen' circa 2006, referring to Prince William as her grandson in the audience. 

Best Ongoing Joke: Throughout the award show, Stephen Fry kept playfully insulting Emma Thompson, which just happened to become a motif throughout the show. 

Most Awkward High Five: This one definitely goes to the high five between Prince William and Tinie Timbah during the first musical performance. High fiving royalty always causes some major awkward turtle moments. 

Most Nervous Acceptance Speech: It seems that Will Poulter from 'We're the Millers' (who's apparently English- what?!) certainly wasn't expecting to be the recipient of the EE Rising Star Award, so much so that he got super nervous and forgot his entire acceptance speech. It's okay, we've all been there (just for most of us, it hasn't been televised). 

Best Introduction: Stephen Fry's done it again! There was simply no competition when he introduced Prince William as:

Because I often think of royalty when I think of the 'Black Eyed Peas'.

Best Delayed Entrance: Emma Thompson, now officially the queen of all award shows, is definitely the winner of this one. Having thought that she missed her cue for presenting, she casually bolted across the stage.


Nicest Dedication: This one goes to Cate Blanchett, when she dedicated her 'Best Actress' BAFTA to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 

Beardiest Bro Eye Contact: I think everyone felt a bit awkward watching this intimate exchange of eye contact between the two bearded men, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

So that's the end of my super duper delayed 2014 BAFTA's round up. I hope you found it entertaining, and have now been able to spare yourself from sitting through the entire thing. Til' next time . . .

Annabel xx


  1. Wonderful round-up of the BAFTA's a very enjoyable read! :D

    1. Thank you so much! By the way, I love your blog :) xxx