Best & worst: Baftas

23:00, Feb 16 2014
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GREAT: St Angie in a Saint Laurent suit. I'm not sure it gets any better? Firstly, she's got confidence plus-plus. Secondly, I'm glad she kept her hair flowy-and-fabulous to soften the look. The one thing I'm not 100 per cent on is the open bow tie as it looks a little staged. As in, 'okay Angie, we're thinking Don Draper after a big day.' That said, thank god the bow tie's not done up, and without any tie the whole thing'd be too corporate lawyer - thoughts? Meanwhile, Brad seems to have his face permanently 'set' all underbite-like as it was in Inglourious Basterds (like the wind changed while he was rehearsing Aldo Raine).
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GOOD: This isn't bad, but I'm overall feeling quite neutral about Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen. I love that Chopard necklace, but find it a touch matchy-matchy with the dress' silver floral print. I think if the dress was in chartreuse or something I'd be feeling more style-crush palpitations right now. Thoughts?
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE MEH: Sometimes when people wear 'vintage' I'm like, 'well, it's cool because it's old buuuuut bras were really clumsy back in the forties and so bodices from then make it look like you've stuffed your bra with toilet paper'. This is exactly how I feel about Gillian Anderson's 1949 Balmain dress. I have a girl crush of sexuality-questioning levels on Gill and I just don't think this does her justice. That necklace is a bad choice and it's a fine line between an 'artfully-messy' up do and hair that just looks like you've had a nap on the couch and not taken your ponytail out.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE MEH: Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this. Helen Mirren looks perfectly fine. But, you know what, fine's no longer good enough for a Dame that usually knocks it out the park. It's like if Kieran Read has a 'good' game. First things first, her assymetrical hair is very early-2000s hairdresser (in a suburban salon); secondly, I find the details on this dress just confusing and the drop-waist ruffles are not my favourite. If another 68-year-old actress turned up looking like this, I'd probably say, 'yeah, good on them', but Helen's not 'another-68-year-old actress'. She's the Kieran Read of 68-year-old style stars.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GREAT: Pure emerald green is probably my favourite colour of all time (under done on the red carpet too) and I'm loving it on Lupita Nyong'o. She's accessorised the strapless Dior gown perfectly with those Ana Khori cuffs; and this may be the most figure-flattering I've seen a Raf Simons Dior dress look to date.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GOOD: This Stella McCartney gown (custom-made for Oprah, natch) sings on the mother of our hearts. The lace bodice is perfection and I adore her hair in this half-up, half-down do'.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE BAD: I think this is a case of a bad marriage between hair and makeup. This peroxide hair and orange eye makeup ages Fearne Cotton (32) a tad and looks overcooked with this intense Scaasi gown. A yellow-gold, high-necked long-sleeved sequin gown can become too much very easily, and I think soft neutral hair and makeup would have saved the day.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GOOD: While she looks like she's just had a big day on the ski field in the up close shot (goggles-shadows) I think that's down to red carpet concealer trickery and intense lighting. Overall, Amy Adams looks pretty dang fierce in Victoria Beckham thanks to her oxblood nails and deep berry lip. That said, as with Cate Blanchett, I can't help but wonder if this wouldn't look a lot better in a colour: like oxblood even.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE SURPRISING: When I first saw a thumbnail image of Lily Allen I screamed 'nooooooooooooo' slow-mo in my own head ... but this Vivienne Westwood dress has grown on me. It's theatrical, I love pink and orange together and while that head-piece is crazy, yes, at least she's having some fun.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE BAD: Michelle Rodriguez can usually pull off a bit of leather on the RC thanks to her devil-may-care 'tude but not here (I once interviewed her and had to basically 'bleep' out every second word. And she was wearing leather. That said, she was amazingly entertaining). Leather bows jutting out mid-chest? Fail. Leather shoulder pads? No.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GOOD: Wow. Naomie Harris is owning this berry-pink Gucci gown thanks to perfectly orchestrated and beautifully restrained styling. HOW amazing are those clear-and-black Louboutin pumps?
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE BAD: If I was Ruth Wilson I'd be gutted as soon as I saw Angie was also rocking a trouser suit - basically, if Angie does something you're automatically trumped, right? While I admire her bravery in wearing this silver Antonio Berardi suit it's too 'David Bowie: The Musical Theatre Production' for my liking.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GREAT: Samantha Barks in Calvin Kiein proves that 'vanilla' can sometimes win the race. This Calvin Klein gown is perfection on her - and those bold pearls are just enough to keep things interesting.
Best & worst: The Baftas
THE GREAT: Speaking of simple perfection, this Atelier Versace gown and unfussy hair and makeup lets just how beautiful Uma Thurman is shine through (and shows Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett how a black dress can be elegant, unfussy and just-red-carpet-right).

Angie Jolie surprises, Helen Mirren makes a rare misstep and other A-listers dazzle at the biggest night in British film. Here are the best and worst dressed straight from the Baftas 2014 red carpet. 

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