The EE BAFTA Film Awards 2016 kicked off in glorious style on Sunday.
Held at London’s iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for the 10th year running, expectations were high for this, the most prestigious of events in the British movie industry’s calendar.
Leading the way and turning on the glamour on the red carpet were BAFTA nominees Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Kate Winslet, as well as their younger counterparts Alicia Vikander and Saorise Ronan.
Eclectic: Best Actress nominees Cate Blanchett (left), Julianne Moore (centre) and Kate Winslet (right) wore a mixture of styles as they arrived at the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday
Cate, who is nominated for a Leading Actress gong for her role in lesbian romance drama Carol, wowed in a dazzling colourful gown.
The 46-year-old cut a youthful figure in her beautiful red carpet attire, a figure-hugging gown with a decorative floral top half in varying jewel tones and a full black feathered skirt, adding an ostentatious vibe to proceedings.
The multi award-winning Hollywood favourite finished her look with her blonde locks swept into a side-parted chignon, a dazzling pair of silver earrings completing her enviable aesthetic.
Julianne, meanwhile, looked typically fantastic in a curve-hugging cream gown with a fashion-forward black halter-style neckline.
The 55-year-old – who won the Leading Actress BAFTA at last year’s ceremony for her role in Still Alice – could have passed for someone 20 years younger in her timeless attire.
Stars on the rise: BAFTA nominees Alicia Vikander (left) and Saoirse Ronan (left) gave it as good as they got in funky, eclectic dresses on the red carpet
Move out the way, Cate’s arrived! Giving her competition a serious run for their money, the Australian superstar looked jaw-droppingly sensational in her multi-coloured glitzy gown with a full black feathered skirt
Colourful: The 46-year-old looked youthful in her directional glitzy gown, which hugged her willowy figure perfectly before falling into an ostentatious black feathered skirt
Hot hopeful: The multi award-winning Hollywood favourite finished her look with her blonde locks swept into a side-parted chignon, a dazzling pair of silver earrings completing her enviable aesthetic
Complete with black straps on her shoulders and a long draped swathe of fabric down the back, it fell to the floor, trailing behind her down the back of the sweeping skirt.
Her red locks were perfection, slicked back into a gorgeous updo, and she highlighted her russet tones with emerald earrings.
Brit beauty Kate stuck to her time-honoured style, accentuating her covetable curves in a tailored black dress with an asymmetric sleeve detail and funky neckline across her chest.
Wow-worthy: The 55-year-old – who won the Leading Actress BAFTA at last year’s ceremony for her role in Still Alice – could have passed for someone 20 years younger in her timeless attire
Perfect in every way: Julianne’s red locks were styled to perfection, slicked back into a gorgeous updo, and she highlighted her russet tones with emerald earrings
Scene-stealing performance: Complete with black straps on her shoulders and a long draped swathe of fabric down the back, it fell to the floor, trailing behind her down the back of the sweeping skirt
The 40-year-old Oscar-winner kept it sleek in the snug gown, which somehow left little to the imagination as it revealed every inch of her hourglass physique.
Her pale blonde locks were left down in chic curls, cascading over her bare shoulders and she added a pop of colour with her bright pink lips – she also went for a style side-step with a scarlet red clutch bag.
Kate is nominated for a Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs, opposite Michael Fassbender, who is nominated in the Leading Actor category.
If it ain’t broke: Brit beauty Kate stuck to her time-honoured style, accentuating her covetable curves in a tailored black dress with an asymmetric sleeve detail and funky neckline across her chest
Working it: The 40-year-old Oscar-winner kept it sleek and easy in the snug gown, which somehow left little to the imagination as it revealed every inch of her hourglass physique
Absolute dream: Kate turned on the charm as she posed for the hundreds of photographerss along the red carpet
Co-stars: Kate posed with her Steve Jobs co-star and fellow BAFTA nominee Michael Fassbender on the red carpet
Shunning a typical red carpet look, 27-year-old Swedish actress Alicia flaunted her impeccable petite curves in the floor-length dress, constructed from matte black leather.
Adorned in glitzy embellishments to add a bit of razzle dazzle, the talented star’s gown also included a tinsel-like decoration on the skirt.
Alicia – who wore her light brunette locks down in loose curls and pulled over to one shoulder so as not to distract from her directional dress – is nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in The Danish Girl, opposite fellow nominee Eddie Redmayne.
Funky style: Alicia, 27, went for a super-cool vibe in her leather glitzy dress, showing off her slender curves and style prowess and a bit of leg
Super-cool: The Swedish actress shunned a typical red carpet dress for her funky matte black leather number, complete with a high-neckline and tinsel-like detail on the skirt
Natural beauty: She proved that she has natural beauty in buckets as she opted for a relatively pared-back make-up look with her brunette locks swept over the side
Doing it her way: Saoirse revealed her unique brand of quirky style in a strapless heavily decorated black dress, covered with pink and gold glimmering flowers
Cheeky flash! The stunning star showed off her leg as she walked in the split-skirted gown, also revealing her polished silver platforms
She is also nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in British movie Ex Machina, in which she played a humanoid robot.
However, somewhat tellingly she chose to walk the red carpet alone and without her boyfriend Michael Fassbender by her side.
Following in her wake was fellow Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan, who showed off her unique brand of quirky style in a strapless heavily decorated black dress, covered with pink and gold glimmering flowers.
The 21-year-old – who appears in critically-acclaimed movie Brooklyn – added a funky oversized gleaming necklace in pinks, yellows and blues sat on her bare decolletage.
There he is! Leonardo DiCaprio cut a strikingly handsome figure as he arrived after darkness fell at the BAFTAs
Dapper lads: Leonardo joined forces with The Revenant’s director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (left) as they posed on the red carpet
Lone wolf: Michael – who is nominated for his role in Steve Jobs in the Leading Actor category – walked the red carpet without girlfriend Alicia
Her Brooklyn co-star Julie Walters, one of the United Kingdom’s most beloved veteran stars, wowed in a glitzy blue gown as she turned on the charm, pulling faces for the cameras as she strode.
The The 65-year-old icon is nominated for her role in the Supporting Actress category.
Also arriving on the red carpet in absolute dapper fashion was Leading Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, garnering huge screams from the fans along the sidelines.
Beloved star: Julie Walters – who is nominated for her role in Brooklyn in the Supporting Actress category – joked around while posing for pictures in her lovely sparkling blue dress and black coat
Star couple: BAFTA nominee Eddie Redmayne let his beautiful pregnant wife Hannah Bagshawe steal the limelight
She’s well red: The publicist looked ravishing in a crimson dress, clinging lightly to her figure and briefly allowing a glimpse at her growing baby bump as she went arm-in-arm with her Hollywood star husband
Second time lucky: Eddie, 34, won last year’s Leading Actor gong for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and this year he is nominated once again for his turn in The Danish Girl as a transgender woman
The 41-year-old Revenant star cut a sharp figure in his well-cut black tuxedo, a light smattering of facial hair on his chin.
BAFTA nominee Eddie Redmayne, who is hoping for his second win in two years, looked as handsome as ever, but he allowed his pregnant wife Hannah Bagshawe steal the spotlight.
The publicist looked ravishing in a crimson dress, clinging lightly to her figure and briefly allowing a glimpse at her growing baby bump.
Eddie, 34, won last year’s Leading Actor gong for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and this year he is nominated once again for his turn in The Danish Girl as a transgender woman.
Ethereal: Rooney Mara wowed in her divine dress, complete with a crochet detailing across the fabric and delicate additions across her shoulders, the gown falling in a long, loose skirt in a pool around her feet
Pale and interesting: The US actress, 30, kept it understated in her dress – almost matching her skin tone – while going for dramatic make-up and a slicked-back hairstyle
Supporting Actress nominee Rooney Mara was typically ethereal in a pale nude gown, almost the same shade as her perfect porcelain skin.
The 30-year-old wowed in her divine dress, complete with a kind of crochet detailing across the fabric and delicate additions across her shoulders, the gown falling in a long, loose skirt in a pool around her feet.
Sticking to her gothic look, her raven locks were slicked back into a severe bun and her make-up was dramatic, her brows highlighted and heavy and her lips painted in a muted deep red.
She, along with her Carol co-star Cate, was nominated for a BAFTA, but in the Supporting Actress category.
Also making an eye-catching showing was Laura Whitmore: the 30-year-old is this year’s official red carpet reporter for the BAFTAs and truly made sure to represent with her eye-catching gown.
She showed off her slender curves in the well-cut dress, which also showed off a hint of her cleavage thanks to its key-hole cut down the front of the chest, the fabric held together with a high neckline.
Joining her as one of the early arrivals was E! presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford who showed off her sensational figure in a beautiful black and white frock with a long train.
The former Xtra Factor star, 32, gave the Hollywood contingent a run for their money in her delectable dress, a classic strapless design that showed off her toned shoulders and arms before falling down in a long black floor-sweeping skirt.
Her hair was coiffed to perfection in tight curls, and her look was completed flawlessly with a dramatic slick of deep red lipstick.
Date night! Sacha Baron Cohen was upstaged by his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher, who cut a stunning figure in a pure white figure-hugging gown
Racy display: Poldark actress Heida Reed went for a beautiful yet seriously sexy look in a plunging black dress with a sheer skirt, a delicate necklace on her bare chest
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko made sure to make an impact in her beautiful, delicately covered sheer dress with a white lace pattern as she arrived with the other stars.
The brunette beauty 36-year-old French actress oozed confidence in her enviable attire while wearing her locks in a seriously elegant, glamorous side-swept style, her natural beauty glowing in front of the hundreds of movie fans lined up along the red carpet.
Other stars expected at the ceremony include this year’s nominees, including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Eddie Redmayne.
Meanwhile, as for the success stories of this year’s BAFTAs, Carol and Bridge Of Spies lead the way with nine nominations each.
Both have been nominated for Best Film, along with The Revenant, The Big Short and Spotlight.
Eddie Redmayne has been nominated for the second year in a row for a BAFTA Best Actor award, for his role in The Danish Girl.
He has been widely applauded for his role as a transgender artist – after his win in 2015 for The Theory of Everything.
The moving film is based on a fictitious love story, which is loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.
Beautiful in blue: TV presenter Laura Whitmore was one of the first on the red carpet at the EE BAFTA Film Awards
Working girl: She was the official red carpet reporter for the prestigious event, and did her best to upstage the Hollywood stars in her stunning ensemble
Owning it: The 30-year-old presenter oozed confidence in her gown as she prepared to chat to Hollywood’s finest
Leading the charge: E! presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford looked stunning in a black and white gown, the strapless garment clinging to her fabulous curves
Effortless: The former Xtra Factor star gave the Hollywood contingent a run for their money in her delectable dress, a classic strapless design that showed off her toned shoulders and arms before falling down in a long black floor-sweeping skirt
Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass in highly acclaimed movie, The Revenant.
He goes on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s and must for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Sheer bliss: Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko made sure to make an impact in her beautiful, delicately covered sheer dress with a white lace pattern as she arrived with the other stars
Doing her bit! The 36-year-old happily posed for selfies with fans who had patiently waited in the cold to see the stars
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as lovers in Carol, about an aspiring photographer who develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.
While Mark Rylance leads the way in Bridge Of Spies. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court.
He must then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
In Big Short, four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Red for Valentine’s Day? Actress Annabelle Wallis – Chris Martin’s girlfriend – went for a beautiful, romantic and heavily ruffled gown for her turn on the BAFTA runway
Pure elegance: Her blonde locks were styled into a chic up do, while a slick of red lipstick was the final touch
Starring Christian Bale and Steve Carrell, the movie is one of five titles up for Best Film.
With Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton on board, it’s little wonder that Spotlight has also caught the eye of the judges.
It focuses on the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Tom Hanks and Charlotte Rampling were three big names who have all been notably missed from the list of nominations this year.
Setting the scene: Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House was primed and ready hours before the A-list descended for the biggest awards ceremony in the UK movie industry
THE EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS 2016 NOMINATIONS
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Dame Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Brie Larson, Room
Bridge Of Spies
The Big Short
Benicio del Toro, Sicario
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Rooney Mara, Carol
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
Julie Walters, Brooklyn
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Danish Girl
Adam McKay, The Big Short
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes, Carol
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Alejandro G Inarritu, The Revenant
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
EE BAFTA RISING STAR
He Named Me Malala
Listen To Me Marlon
Janusz Kamiński, Bridge of Spies
Ed Lachman, Carol
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Roger Deakins, Sicario
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Shaun The Sheep
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Alex Garland (Director) Ex Machina
Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) Second Coming
NajiI Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) Theeb
Sean McAllister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) The Survivalist
The Big Short, Hank Corwin
Bridge Of Spies, Michael Kahn
Mad Max: Fury Road, Margaret Sixel
The Martian, Pietro Scalia
The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione
Bridge Of Spies, Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
Carol, Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Mad Max: Fury Road, Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
The Martian, Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
Brooklyn, Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Carol, Sandy Powell
Cinderella, Sandy Powell
The Danish Girl, Paco Delgado
Mad Max: Fury Road, Jenny Beavan
MAKE UP AND HAIR
Brooklyn, Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
Carol, Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan
The Danish Girl, Jan Sewell
Mad Max: Fury Road, Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
The Revenant, Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
Bridge Of Spies, Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
Mad Max: Fury Road, Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
The Martian, Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
The Revenant, Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Ant-Man, Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
Ex Machina, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
The Martian, Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Edmond, Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
Manoman, Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
Prologue, Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
BRITISH SHORT FILM
Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
Operator, Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
Over, Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
Samuel-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway