Awards season came to London last night, as the glittering British Academy Film Awards 2014 got underway.
It was an evening that saw old Hollywood mingle with new superstars, a night when ultra-glamorous gowns (think Lea Seydoux in vampy Miu Miu) competed with kooky, off-kilter choices (read 'Brangelina's matching tuxedos).
Making her mark on the red carpet was girl-of-the-moment Lupita Nyong'o: coolly-elegant in her emerald green Dior Couture gown. And what a fitting victory look it would have been, had she not missed out on both the awards for which she was nominated.
Still, there was better news for the film which catapulted Lupita to stardom, 12 Years A Slave, which took the much-coveted Best Film nod, as well as the Lead Actor award for Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Supporting Actress went to one of ELLE's favourite leading ladies, Jennifer Lawrence for her role in American Hustle, a film that was also recognised in the Original Screenplay and Hair and Make-Up categories. J-Law's co-star, Amy Adams, who wore Victoria Beckham, didn't fare so well though, and lost out on Best Actress to Cate Blanchett, star of Blue Jasmine. In her acceptance speech, Blanchett, who wore Alexander McQueen, paid tribute to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman to a rousing round of applause.
At the end of the evening, the proceedings were given a Royal stamp of approval when guest of honour, the Duke of Cambridge presented Helen Mirren with the BAFTA Fellowship, cheekily introducing her as an actress I should probably call Granny. Still, if it bothered Mirren, she wasn't going to let it show. Plus, there wasn't a hit of Grandma about that stunning Jacques Azagury gown.
BAFTA 2014: THE WINNERS
12 Years A Slave
Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
12 Years a Slave
EE Rising Star
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
The Act Of Killing
Outstanding British Film
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson
Film not in the English Language
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
British Short Film
James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
British Short Animation
Sleeping With The Fishes
James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
Original Film Music
The Great Gatsby
Make-Up & Hair
Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Kelly + Victor
The Great Gatsby
Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
Special Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny