On the red carpet, however, explicit nods to the crisis were rare – although many attendees arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in dark, dark outfits that seemed to reflect the mood.
Stars who directly addressed the invasion did so primarily using blue and yellow ribbons, worn by British actress Jessica Plummer and 13-year-old Woody Norman, who appeared alongside Joaquin Phoenix in “C’mon C’mon”.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the BAFTAs at Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England. Credit: Stéphane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images
Elsewhere, ‘Star Wars’ actress Daisy Ridley and Best Supporting Actress nominee Caitriona Balfe – wearing Vivienne Westwood and Armani Privé respectively – were among several high-profile guests wearing respectful black dresses. They were joined by the likes of Naomi Campbell, who wore a black Burberry dress with a square neckline and long cape sleeves.
Naomi Campbell poses for photographers as she arrives at the 75th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA, in London on Sunday March 13, 2022. Credit: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
British model Adwoa Aboah in a sleek strapless Saint Laurent gown and “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, who sported a custom lace and velvet Louis Vuitton dress with a dramatic train, also impressed with their understated hues.
Lady Gaga also wowed in dark tones, taking to the red carpet in an elegant emerald Ralph Lauren gown that took over 150 hours (and 50 yards of velvet and silk taffeta) to produce. The ‘House of Gucci’ singer and actress, who was nominated for Best Actress despite being snubbed in the same category for next month’s Oscars, completed the look with Tiffany & Co jewelry .that shimmered above a plunging neckline. (Like several other attendees, Lady Gaga was pictured hours later at the Critics’ Choice Awards, which, though held in Los Angeles, held a separate red carpet event at London’s Savoy Hotel.)
Actors Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose hold the BAFTAs they won for supporting roles on Sunday, March 13. Kotsur won for his role in the movie “CODA”. DeBose won for “West Side Story”. Credit: Scott Garfitt/Shutterstock for BAFTA
Some celebrities were more playful with their choice of outfits, despite the serious tone. Emma Watson’s Oscar de la Renta halter dress featured a layered tulle skirt; Daniel Kaluuya wore a Prada coat with exaggerated teal trim and sleeves; and Florence Pugh arrived with a huge pink bow emerging from the back of her long-sleeved Carolina Herrera mini dress.
Emma Watson attends the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England. Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images
Daniel Kaluuya attends the BAFTAs in London. Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
Florence Pugh attends the BAFTA Awards. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
The ceremony was loosely James Bond themed (with 2022 marking 60 years of the film franchise), and many of the men opted for simple tuxedos worthy of Britain’s best-known spy, including Tom Hiddleston and the director of “Belfast “Kenneth Branagh.
Sebastian Stan attends the BAFTAs at Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage) Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images
But it was Sebastian Stan – one of countless actors subject to speculation about the role of Bond, including Hiddleston – whose tuxedo won the most praise, with his Givenchy-designed outfit including a white shirt adorned with small metal rings.
Top Image: Lady Gaga attends the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England.