Meryl Streep and Christina Hendricks take the plunge as Hollywood royalty hits the Baftas red carpet
We're used to seeing her covered up in elegant, demure red carpet gowns. But tonight, Meryl Streep gave always-provocative Christina Hendricks a run for her money as both attended the Orange British Academy Film Awards in plunging dresses by Vivienne Westwood.
Streep wore a black floor-length dress with a corset that showed off far more dcolletage than we are used to seeing from The Iron Lady star. The Best Actress nominee covered her shouldered in a cropped sequinned jacket.
Mad Men star Christina was true to form in her equally plunging number, with bright red lips to match her fiery hair.
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Hollywood comes to town: Christina Hendricks and Meryl Streep both took the plunge in corseted black gowns as they dazzled on the red carpet at the Orange BAFTA Awards at The Royal Opera House
The Iron Lady is a Vamp: The Iron Lady star stole the spotlight in her daring number, with showcased her figure with the look balanced out by her cropped jacket
Glamorous: Mad Men star Christina is just as famous for her provocative red carpet gowns
My Week With Marilyn star Michelle Williams surprised everybody by arriving in a bespoke cream and black dress by H&M from their Consciour collection. The Best Dressed list regular's elegant outfit was perked up by her quirky clutch bag, which was a wink to her famous character.
Tilda Swinton, also up for Best Actress for We Need To Talk About Kevin, has been favouring a more feminine style this awards season, and wore an elegant white gown.
Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig was lovely in a white strapless gown that was gathered at the waist and simple accessories.
Elegant: Michelle Williams, Kristen Wiig and Tilda Swinton did not disappoint in their simple gowns – but best accessory of the evening was undoubtedly Michelle's quirky 'book' clutch bag which was a nod to Marilyn Monroe's husband Arthur Miller
All that glitters: The Help star Jessica Chastain (in Oscar de la Renta), Pan Am star Christina Ricci and Gillian Anderson ( in Sybil Connolly) wore golden floor-length gowns
Spotlight: Chastain, wearing Oscar de la Renta, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Help
Red carpet trend: Emilia Fox, in Louisa Beccaria, and Holliday Grainger also wore the glamorous colour
Gold was a popular red carpet trend, with a number of A-listers dazzling in glittering metallics and Grecian-style silhouettes.
Help star Jessica Chastain's Oscar de la Renta gown had a plunging
V-neck paired with layered necklaces, while Pan Am's Christina Ricci
wore a wet look ruffled gown with a thigh-high slit.
Gillian Anderson, in a 1956 WilliamVintage haute couture gown by Sybil Conolly, wore a soft golden strapless gown with a full skirt and dripped in jewels, while Emilia Fox, in Louisa Beccaria, and Holliday Grainger also chose the colour palette.
Brights: Viola Davis and Naomie Harris stood out in bright pink and yellow frocks that showed plenty of skin
Statuesque: Penelope Cruz wore a simple strapless column dress with her hair in an elegant bun
Unique: There was a variety of styles from quirky to classic on the red carpet, (L-R) Laura Bailey, Olivia Williams and Hayley Atwell (in WilliamVintage)
Sisterhood: The Help leading ladies Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively) and new Bond girls Naomie Harris and Brenice Marlohe
The Help star Viola Davis stood out in a hot pink Valentino number that showed off plenty of leg.
Penelope Cruz was fuss-free in a simple red dress by Armani, and wore her hair in an Audrey Hepburn-esque bun.
Another bright red carpet surprise was
Naomi Harris in her bright yellow dress which featured hints of skin
with cut-out panels in the bodice, while Hayley Atwell wore an ivory and cornflower blue silk WilliamVintage A-line gown from the 1960s.
The Angelina effect: Melissa George wore a
shimmering black gown by Victoria Beckham, not dissimilar to the wet look one worn by
Angelina Jolie at the SAG Awards recently
Escaped from the Abbey: Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt (in Victoria Beckham) and Jessica Brown Findlay were dark and mysterious in all-black ensembles
Keeping warm: Best Actress nominee Brnice Bejo and Helena Bonham Carter both wore jackets over the dresses
Best dressed Miss Piggy dazzled in Louis Vuitton as she hosted the red carpet proceedings with Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton
Melissa George emulated Angelina Jolie's popular wet look style at the SAG Awards, in a long-sleeved gown by Victoria Beckham.
Both Brnice Bejo and Helena Bonham Carter were sensible in the freezing weather, both opting to keep their jackets on while posing for photographers.
The ladies of Downton Abbey colour-coordinated in all black ensembles. Elizabeth McGovern wore a strapless number, Joanne Froggatt was sleek in a column dress by Victoria Beckham while Jessica Brown Findlay was incredibly demure in a high-neck, long-sleeved dress.
Leading Men: Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender prepared to go up against each other in the Best Actor category
Bromance: George appeared to have ditched BFF Brad for Colin Firth on the red carpet
Bow tied: Cuba Gooding Jr, Tom Hiddleston, Douglas Booth and Daniel Radcliffe looked sharp in their suits, with both Tom and Cuba sticking to the velvet trend
Suave: Jon Hamm and Kenneth Branagh had temperatures rising on the red carpet
Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright
wore a blue Prada polka dot dress and was glued to fianc Jamie Campbell
Bower's side on the red carpet.
Other cute couples included
Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd, up for the Rising Star Award, and his
fiance Dawn Porter, James Corden and fiance Julia Carey, and Gary
Oldman and wife Alexandra Edenborough.
George Clooney muscled his way in on
Colin and Livia Firth's red carpet moment, and had the couple in fits of
laughter in front of photographers.
Meet my wife: Colin stood back while smooth George greeted his wife Livia on the red carpet
Show me the money! Colin looked thrilled to meet Cuba Gooding Jr
The Best Actor nominee, for The
Descendants, appeared to have ditched BFF Brad Pitt in favour of Colin,
while Brad hung out with Moneyball co-star Jonah Hill.
Meanwhile Colin looked just as thrilled to meet Cuba Gooding Jr on the red carpet, who sauntered up to him and Livia to introduce himself.
British Academy Film Awards air tonight on BBC3 for the Red Carpet Show
at 7:30pm and BBC1 for the Awards Ceremony at 9pm.
Cute couples: Bonnie Wright and Jamie Campbell Bower, and Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd were joined at the hip
Leading ladies: Gary Oldman looked smitten with glamorous wife Alexandra Edenborough, while Geoffrey Arend was proud as punch next to dazzling Christina Hendricks
Love in: James Corden and fiance Julia wearing Theysken' Theory's Marble print dress, and Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter held hands as they posed for pictures
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