Kate Middleton Opts For Dark Green Jenny Packham Gown At The BAFTAs

Danny Woods
February 19, 2018

Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, is attending the British Academy Film Awards with her husband, Prince William, who is president of the United Kingdom movie academy.

Accepting the award, McDormand said she was "overwhelmed".

"Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways but it's also an angry one", Martin McDonagh, writer and director of "Three Billboards", said in his acceptance speech.

Gary Oldman is the favorite to take the best-actor trophy for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour".

The British-produced "Three Billboards" has nominations for best film, director and original screenplay for McDonagh, while Frances McDormand is up for leading actress, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson for best supporting actors.

The best-actress race is an global contest, pitting American Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards" against Britain's Sally Hawkins for "The Shape Of Water", Irish actress Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird", U.S. star Annette Bening for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" and Australia's Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya".

The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, are considered a key indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Oscars in two weeks' time.

More than 190 entertainers, academics and activists have added their signatures, giving their voice to the protests over sexual harassment which have been growing since allegations against American film producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced last October.

Kate Middleton Opts For Dark Green Jenny Packham Gown At The BAFTAs

The issue has crossed the Atlantic, where the Old Vic Theatre has been rocked by allegations against former artistic director Kevin Spacey.

"Darkest Hour" star and supporting actress nominee Kristin Scott Thomas was among the first to arrive Sunday evening, while actress Andrea Riseborough was joined on the red carpet by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah of LGBT rights group for ethnic minorities, UK Black Pride.

The red carpet and the auditorium at London's Royal Albert Hall were a sea of black as actresses such as Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie eschewed color as a statement against sexual misconduct and gender inequality.

"But I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black", she said.

British royals avoid making overtly political statements or gestures and the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear dark green as she accompanied husband Prince William, president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to the ceremony.

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton were among signatories to a letter saying that 2018 should be "the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse".

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya won the EE Rising Star award, as voted for by the public.

In the past ten ceremonies, there have only been four instances in which the victor of the BAFTA Award for best film did not go on to win best picture - 2008, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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