Rain-soaked Baftas leave stars in black on the red

Stars braving the rain-soaked red carpet at the Baftas last night chose to play it safe, with many dressing in black.

Even before the gongs were dished out at the glitzy event at London’s Royal Opera House, the A-listers were being split into winners and losers by fashion commentators.

Black was the colour of the night, but the few that chose more adventurous designs were either style hits or fashion flops.

Dress designer Caroline Castigliano said Zero Dark Thirty’s star Jessica Chastain looked stunning in a shimmering royal blue gown, but fellow nominees Andrea Riseborough and Marion Cotillard failed to impress in shocking yellow frocks.

The British dressmaker said the awful weather was the main reason why so many women opted for black — for both practicality and mood. “When I know how bad the weather can be this time of year, I’d think ’I need to have a couple of outfits’.

“Maybe that’s why there’s so much black out there.”

The designer said: “Jessica Chastain looked fantastic in blue. She definitely was a stand-out.

“Personally I thought Sarah Jessica Parker looked fantastic, and Laura Whitmore looked to die for — she was sexy.”

As for the disasters, Castigliano said the yellow frocks worn by Riseborough and Cotillard were top of the list.

The commentator said she “wasn’t crazy” about Helen Mirren’s choice of silver and grey colours for her sheer dress, and added the British star could have done more to show off her “fantastic figure”.

And Judi Dench showed her “experience and confidence” in choosing a black long-sleeved frock that avoided dragging along the rain-soaked red carpet.

However, Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence was left with water stains on the bottom of her outfit.

“It wasn’t a particularly fantastic dress,” said Castigliano, “but I think she’s such an amazingly pretty girl. Absolutely stunning.”

On the awards front, Daniel Day-Lewis triumphed again — winning the Bafta for Best Actor for his starring role in Lincoln.

The actor, who plays the assassinated US president in Steven Spielberg’s political biopic, has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for the role and is hot favourite to carry off an Oscar later this month.

Host Stephen Fry introduced the show, which started with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit ‘Never Tear Us Apart’, before the first big award — for Outstanding British Film — went to the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall.

Ben Affleck was named Best Director by Ian McKellen for his work on Argo which was also named Best Film.

Affleck, who rose to fame as an actor, said: “I want to say this is a second act for me and you’ve given me that, this industry has given me that and I want to thank you and I’m so grateful and proud.”

The ceremony ended with the awarding of a special Bafta Fellowship to filmmaker Alan Parker.

Parker, who made films including Midnight Express and Bugsy Malone during a long career, said the award was “incredibly flattering”.

The winners

Film: Argo

Director: Ben Affleck (Argo)

Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Outstanding British Film: Skyfall

Animated Film: Brave

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

Adapted Screenplay: David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Original Music: Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

Cinematography: Life Of Pi (Claudio Miranda)

Editing: Argo (William Goldenberg)

Costume Design: Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)

Make-up and Hair: Les Miserables (Lisa Westcott)

Sound: Les Miserables

Short Animation: The Making Of Longbird

Short Film: Swimmer

Bafta Fellowship: Alan Parker

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Tessa Ross

Film not in the English Language: Amour

Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man

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