Another blackout swept the BAFTAs red carpet — does this mean we can expect another blackout at the Oscars?
To show their solidarity with the Time’s Up Movement’s goals of gender equality and the eradication of sexual harassment, Britain’s entertainment elite joined forces with Hollywood and dressed all in black for the BAFTAs on Sunday night. The event echoed the sartorial blackout of the Golden Globes earlier this Awards Season.
Oscars nominees were on hand, from Octavia Spencer in Sachin & Babi to Saoirse Ronan in Chanel Pre-Fall 2017. Angelina Jolie was also present, statuesque in sumptuous, off-the-shoulder Ralph & Russo. Each celeb clearly got the memo and dressed in solid, head to toe black.
Some stars broke up the monochrome with subtle embellishments. A glittering pink flower embellished the waistline and cuffs of Salma Hayek’s Gucci gown, while Allison Janney and Naomie Harris both opted for dresses featuring metallic details.
The protest was not limited to attendees’ outfits. The red carpet procession was disrupted when the feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut stormed the red carpet wearing T-shirts that read, “Time’s Up Theresa!” The slogan referred to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s controversial Domestic Rights and Abuse Bill. The development only added to the politically charged atmosphere of the awards event.
Preceding the Oscars, which will be held March 4, the BAFTAs are the British equivalent to the Academy Awards. The resurgence of protest black was as striking as it was symbolic. Looking ahead, if an Oscars blackout wasn’t likely before, it certainly is now. — jas