BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Sparkling night for Carey Mulligan and the Oscar Brits
British director and actress Emerald Fennell won the Oscar for best original screenplay last night.
British stars won a whopping 29 nominations at the 93rd award ceremony.
Miss Fennell, 35, who was nominated for Promising Young Woman, debuted her baby bump on the red carpet in Los Angeles, where she was also nominated for best director.
The star of the movie, Carey Mulligan, 35, was nominated for best actress. The ceremony was dubbed the ‘Odd-scars’ – a ceremony unlike any other in Academy Awards history.
Golden Girl: Carey Mulligan in Valentino Haute Couture
Purple haze: Halle Berry in a striking lavender dress
My favorite night: Olivia Colman on display in London
But while stars took their awards in person, the celebrations were muted, with only about 170 guests – a fraction of the usual 3,000.
The nominees were not allowed to accept prizes via Zoom. Instead, they dressed to pick up their gongs from Covid-safe locations around the world.
Stars had to distance themselves socially, wear masks, and pass Covid tests and temperature checks.
For the first time, the event was split between two locations in Los Angeles: the Dolby Theater and the Union Station railroad station.
Classic Hollywood: Mank star Amanda Seyfried in Armani
Great success: Borat’s Maria Bakalova in Louis Vuitton
British nominees attended the British Film Institute in London’s Southbank, while French were in a studio in Paris.
Maria Bakalova, 24, nominated Best Supporting Actress for the mockumentary Borat Subsequent Movie film, became a full-on princess, dressed in a white Louis Vuitton gown with a deep V, subtle sequins and lots of tulle.
Mank star Amanda Seyfried, 35, looked gorgeous in Armani, while Halle Berry, who joined stars like Brad Pitt to hand out awards, posed in lavender.
Olivia Colman, 47, an Oscar winner two years ago, was hoping for a double win when she stood up for best supporting actress in The Father at the London ceremony. The film won the best adapted screenplay.
Glenn Close paired a blue decorated Armani Prive jewel-toned kaftan with dark pants and gloves.
She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Hillbilly Elegy, for which she has been nominated for an Academy Award for the eighth time.