Cate Blanchett in Givenchy at ‘The Hobbit’ UK premiere: stunning or odd?

Here are some photos from last night’s UK premiere of The Hobbit. Finally! I’ve been waiting to see some big premieres for The Hobbit, mostly because I need my Cate Blanchett & Benedict Cumberbatch fixes, but we’ve been having problems. Either we don’t have access to the pics, or the premieres just don’t have anyone cool in attendance. So, it’s good to see most of The Hobbit cast together on the UK red carpet, although there does seem to be a distinct lack of Cumberbatch (SOB).

Anyway, let’s talk about the lovely and talented and amazing Cate Blanchett. Cate wore this Givenchy gown which… uh… I mean, I know why she chose it. Cate loves architectural pieces, she loves bold, avant-garde pieces, and she loves to wear things that very few women could pull off. So, does she pull this off? I kind of think she does, although the back of this bugs me. I guess the design is loosely based on a straightjacket or something. But the back is just unflattering. Everything from the waist down is great though.

Here’s Sir Ian McKellan in a delightful velvet tuxedo jacket and a royal-blue, silk-lined overcoat. I love that Sir Ian is so devoted to the Tolkien adaptations and I just feel like he really respects his nerdy LOTR fan-base. Also, some good news: Sir Ian does NOT have cancer after all. Weird.

I love Martin Freeman!!! And I had no idea he was married. This is his wife.

And lastly, I wanted to talk about this photo. Some dude thought it would be a GENIUS idea to propose to his girlfriend AT THE UK PREMIERE OF THE HOBBIT. I’m sorry, ladies, but that’s a f—king dealbreaker. First of all, you’re standing outside in DECEMBER in England, watching the red carpet for the stars of The Hobbit (!!!) and THAT is the moment when your dude proposes? Hopefully, this woman said, “Um… I think we should see other people.” Michael Fassbender couldn’t even get away with that sh-t. Also: is the girl a Hobbit? She looks really short. Maybe that’s what it is. Some noble dude decided to propose to his Hobbit girlfriend.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.

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  1. Looloo says:

    All she needed was the donut hair!

  2. Amelia says:

    Oh, I thought the proposal was adorable! According to the papers (yeah, I know..) they’re both huge Tolkien fans and he got special permission to go on the green carpet.
    And Martin Freeman isn’t actually married if memory serves. They have kids but they don’t see the point in tying the knot.
    One of my best friends was there last night and got autographs off nearly everyone. So. Freaking. Jealous.
    Apparently Richard Armitage signs with a lot of exclamation points . . . if anyone’s interested in that useless fact.

  3. Christina says:

    Generally, I’m in the ‘Cate can do no wrong’ camp but I’m not sure about this dress. From the front it looks great (apart from the silly shoulder ‘embellishments’ which look like someone forgot to peel the labels off) but the back is not flattering. The white is too close to Cate’s skin tone and it looks as though someone just took a scissors to the dress.

    And sorry Cate, I love you and all, but those shoes are fug.

  4. berry says:

    Ugh I wish I looked like Cate, she is just stunning! I have a major girl crush on her.

    Also I think Amelia is right I don’t think Martin is married but they have been together for years and I think they have a couple of kids.

  5. tracking says:

    A rare miss, but I like the fact that she takes chances. So sick of boring ingenue dresses.

  6. Christina says:

    Still not sure if Cate is tweaking or not. She still looks like her gorgeous self, but on the other hand that forehead is impossibly smooth, even when she’s smiling.


    • Velouria says:

      Well, IF she is, the fact that we’re not sure means that she’s doing it right IMO.

      She’s 43, doesn’t work a ton (whether by choice or not?) She may or may not be going though a MLC; I say if she wants to have a little “help” bfd.

      She (unlike soo many others) carries it off with class and grace so rock it girl but that dress…oy, i just can’t.

      • Christina says:

        I agree that any work Cate has had done has been done well, but take issue with your saying that ‘she doesn’t work a ton’. Cate and her husband run a theatre company in Sydney, so I’d say she’s pretty busy. Just because she isn’t appearing in Hollywood blockbusters doesn’t mean she’s not working.

  7. Agnes says:

    her dress, as seen from the front, made me think of an alien from the original star trek. you know – they look 100% human, and have some mystical mental powers, which is what makes them aliens.

  8. Miss Kiki says:

    I don’t think the dress is awesome but Cate just about gets a pass because it’s her. As for her face she’s definitely tweaking right? At this point everybody does it so no judgement from me as long it stays relatively subtle she can carry on.

  9. Miss M says:

    Cate is fabulous, isn’t she?!

    I love Martin Freeman since Love actually + he is a great Watson to Cumber’s Sherlock, :)

  10. Justyna says:

    I can’t wait to see the movie but I will have to wait until January :-( For now I am obsessively watching every picture and video from the premieres I can find but most of the sites are completely ignoring the main stars of the movie – the dwarves. I wished too see more of them and some new Benedict pictures as well but he wasn’t there and I’m not sure if his characters appear in this part of the trilogy? I don’t know how exactly Jackson divided the book but Smaug apears later in the story and he will probably be in the 3rd part and maybe in the second too. Necromancer was only briefly mentioned by Tolkien in the Hobbit and he was added to the story separately from the book, so I don’t know when and how he will be introduced.

  11. Victory says:

    going to see The Hobbit today here in Sweden :D :D

  12. smiley says:

    i love the LTR,gonna watch the hobbit 2,i fond sir ian mckellen, the best here ,love him ,he looks like an ancient king

  13. flor says:

    Maybe she is trying out for a Star Wars role?

  14. BooBooLaRue says:

    Whoa, did Cate raid Tilda Swinton’s closet?

  15. Walice says:

    I also belong to the “Kate can do no wrong” club, but honestly that dress …

    In the first picture it looks like she took off the hood to Gandalf’s Robe LOL

  16. Miffy says:

    That proposal is adorable and clearly very personal.

  17. marie says:

    I like the back of the dress but is the front a smock, what is that?

    Sir Ian McKellan and Martin Freeman both look good, but I like Sir Ian’s jacket better.

  18. Mew says:

    The dress is definitely one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen, not very pretty, just very odd, but something about its clean lines and clean color made me instantly go “Jackpot!! I LOVE that dress!!”

  19. Mara says:

    Cate is Cate no matter what she wears ,she have such a lovely face very talented actress and smart to ,so happy she came to Dubai !

  20. Hannah says:

    Martin Freeman isn’t married. But the lady is his partner and they have two children together.

  21. lylaooo says:

    cate is amazing !! love her!!

  22. phlyfiremama says:

    I think its one of her best looks ever~even though it does remind me somewhat of Princess Leia! LOL

  23. Claudia says:

    As a fellow shortie, OUCH with the hobbit comment.

    On Cate, she is the most elegant and sophisticated looking actress out there… she could wear a burlap sack and a bunny ears hat and it wouldn’t detract from that ;) . I miss her, I hope she starts cranking out movies.

  24. Simone says:

    Looks like a straight jacket. Still love her. Martin Freeman’s wife looks the best.

  25. taxi says:

    Cate’s dress is strange but the sharp contrast between such an austere & modest front and a bare mid-back is an attention getter. Better than frou, fringe, or glitter. Shoulder tabs give edge..

    Martin’s SO is pretty but the thick tights & clunky platforms do not go well with retro hair & slinky sequins.

  26. GoodCapon says:

    Where’s my little baby Thorin? :(

  27. Lauli says:

    Cate is amazing as a person and as an actress. But I wonder: why women have to go around half naked in December?

  28. mariaj says:

    No, just no. She seems a nun in a porn movie, and ,as ithappens very rarely to her, doesn’t even seem pull it off anyway. She seems uncomfotable.

  29. poppy says:

    another color would have looked less princess leia/straight jacket.
    yet she always manages to pull it off.