Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen at the BAFTAs: gorgeous or not great?


As I mentioned in the BAFTA wrap-up post, Cate Blanchett’s Best Actress reign is currently undeterred. She took home the BAFTA for her role in Blue Jasmine and she accepted her award without ever uttering the name “Woody Allen”. Cate took a break from the campaign trail and the promotional trail for the last two weeks, so the BAFTAs were her big return to the spotlight. The official excuse was that she was grieving for Philip Seymour Hoffman, but Cate was also keeping a low profile with the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow situation exploding on every news site and blog.

For her big return, Cate chose one of her favorite fashion houses, Alexander McQueen. This dress is simple and conservative (for Cate), and I really like it on her. It’s a great dress for the BAFTAs – a nice cap sleeve gown in black, but enough pattern and styling steeze to make it interesting. Take a gander at her crazy necklace! PS… Bonus Tom Hardy.



Emma Thompson was also nominated and she attended the show AND presented. She wore this Maria Grachvogel dress which looks fantastic on her. I wouldn’t have thought to put her in such a classic red dress, but it works. I even like her Tilda Swinton-esque flyaway hair.



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  1. zyfoo says:

    love cate but not a fan of mc queen

  2. Aria says:

    Cate looked stunning last night. I was happy she won. She doesn’t deserve the hate for Woody’s actions (true or not).

  3. cleveland girl says:

    Something about Emma Thompson is bugging me. With minimal jewelry and fly away hair, it almost looks like she got out of the shower and put on an evening gown. Plus that, it really looks too long on her. Not sure sure I am digging either of these looks.

  4. Sixer says:

    Here’s what I said about Cate on the other thread:

    I thought Cate’s homage to PSH was a tad embarrassing. I mean, she couldn’t wax lyrical about Woody so she had a problem. But whiffling on about PSH and saying b4stard wasn’t a disguise. It just made it look obvious. She should have just said thank you BAFTA in a few more words and left.

    It was all a bit awkward.

  5. LahdidahBaby says:

    Love her, like the dress well enough, HATE the necklace, hate it.

  6. blue marie says:

    I like the dress, she looks good.
    Tom Hardy looks nice, seems a bit slimmer here?
    Emma looks fantastic.

  7. AG-UK says:

    I think she looks great her face is stunning. The dress ok but it works for her.

  8. jj says:

    I never thought much of her as an actress, sorry her performance in Blue Jasmine was mediocre at best, but I am really beginning to dislike her.

  9. Secret Squirrel says:

    I don’t mind Cate’s dress, but I think it would have worked better sleeveless. Something about the T-Shirt sleeve that just brings it down. For someone with 3 kids though, she still rocks a pretty neat figure!

    I think Cate does more red carpet fashion statements than movies these days. Is it a profession?? Full time red carpet attendee, part time actress…

  10. LadyMTL says:

    I don’t like the fabric because the dress is obviously wrinkled, but I do like the cut and the pattern. Cate can wear a burlap bag and still look fab, as far as I’m concerned.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t know how I feel about Cate anymore. I can’t hate her, but I can’t be happy that she won, either.

    • mayamae says:

      I’m very torn on this subject, and although I have a hard time explaining it, I’m going to attempt to articulate why.

      Just the other day, Natalie Portman was again called a vile human being for signing the Roman Polanski support petition. I am no Polanski supporter. He’s an admitted pedophile, and I would like to see him extradited and imprisoned. I am not thrilled that Natalie Portman signed this petition (as well as many other popular celebrities who are never held accountable for this) but it affected nothing other than perhaps shading the signer’s character. There’s no way Polanski will ever be allowed to enter the United States, and no amount of celebrity support will every change that fact. Therefore, it’s a morally ambiguous yet harmless act.

      Conversely, it is people like Cate Blanchett who keep Woody Allen’s career alive and thriving. She is arguably one of, if not the top actress at this point. I’m sure she turns down dozens of projects each year, and she’s successful and surely wealthy enough to only take parts that she truly wants. And she wanted to work with Woody Allen. Cate is an intelligent woman, and there is no possible way she didn’t know Woody Allen’s past. In fact, she must know that Woody Allen hires popular actors so even those fans who despise him will be enticed to seeing his movies. Therefore, she is complicit in continuing and enhancing his career. If A list actors refused these parts, no one would financially back his movies, and Woody Allen would be forced to go away – which is what people claim they want to happen. It should not matter that Cate is a beautiful and articulate woman who looks great on the red carpet and gives charming and clever interviews.

      The hypocrisy baffles me and although I continue to like Cate Blanchett, I do not excuse her, I will not contribute money to this film, and I hope she loses the Oscar.

      Two other actors with good reputations who support Roman Polanski? How about Tilda Swinton and Harrison Ford. If fact, Harrison Ford not only happily accepted Polanski’s Oscar for The Pianist, he kindly delivered it to him in person. I watched a little Youtube video on it just a minute ago. Among the actors who leaped to their feet for a standing ovation and whistling in tribute – Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorcese, and Meryl Streep.

      • MyHiddles says:

        That’s how I feel about Tilda Swinton. I used to be madly in love with her, and now I can’t stand her because she was such a vocal Polanski supporter. I totally hate her now.

      • Leigh says:

        I feel the same as you.
        I look at her differently now, but in no way blame her for his actions.
        My perception of stars that support and celebrate the likes of Allen and Polanski is skewed without a doubt and I will not watch the films that Allen (or polanski) create. I used to LOVE Cate Blanchett. It’s wained, without a doubt.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        I can’t get on board with any of them, no matter how “harmless” they seem. It’s strikes me as odd and sad that people can muster so much hate for GOOP and LeAnn, people who are truly harmless, and still support these “gifted” stars. I don’t think Tilda is fabulous, and I don’t think Cate is, either. They’re just actors so I don’t admire them as a rule, but I think they’re both somewhat repulsive at this point.

      • MyHiddles says:

        There is nothing harmless about LeAnn. Early in the love triangle, she did some truly dirty things to Brandi trying to crush her.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Yeah, but she’s not a pedophile supporter. That’s femme drama. There’s low and then there’s too low–pedophilia crosses the line, and IMO when you support one you are just as bad as he.

      • Peppa says:

        mayamae… that sums up how I feel perfectly. Abuse against children and women gets swept under the rug in Hollywood. As long as people still keep working with these men, then it seems like it’s okay to commit these acts without consequence.

      • jj says:

        I would not call Blanchett an Alist. She usually does supporting parts in mid budget movies. Blue Jasmine was her first leading role since Elizabeth. WA movies are usually low budget movies and real Alister want more money or at least want to work with more interesting directors than WA. He has it’s followers, I know, but I don’t find it surprising that real talented actors hardly ever work with him.

        BTW somebody dug up an old WA interview he did with People mag back in 1976

        “I try to have sex only with women I like a lot,” Woody explains solemnly. “Otherwise I find it fairly mechanical.” (He has little interest in family life: “It’s no accomplishment to have or raise kids. Any fool can do it.”)

        He goes on: “I’m open-minded about sex. I’m not above reproach; if anything, I’m below reproach. I mean, if I was caught in a love nest with 15 12-year-old girls tomorrow, people would think, yeah, I always knew that about him.” Allen pauses. “Nothing I could come up with would surprise anyone,” he ventures helplessly. “I admit to it all.”

        I don’t know how Blanchett will get out of this mess. Either thanking WA or not thanking him will get her in trouble. And deflecting from the WA scandal by thanking her friend PSH was pretty low and cheap, IMO. She did not have a problem working with WA in the first place so she should not have a problem with it now. If I were her I would pray 24/7 that my name will not be written inside that envelope. But I don’t think that’s the kind of person she is.

      • I still don’t understand how anyone can publicly support Woody Allen or Roman Polanski. Especially Hollywood. It’s not like they make these wildly successful films ALL THE TIME either….from what I’ve heard, there are three watchable films that Woody Allen has made in the 2000s—Matchpoint, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Midnight in Paris–and now Blue Jasmine. Other than that? His films are mostly misses and always have shrewish, older female characters….

        As for Polanski–the only film of his I’ve ever watched was The Pianist and that was YEARS ago, when I was a kid–I watched it with my parents. And I wouldn’t say that he’s huge here either. So I don’t get it.

        I mean, they do understand that the ONLY reason Polanski isn’t in jail right now is because he ran off to a country that wouldn’t extradite him to the US. I don’t understand how they can support either of them. I’ve asked before–do people in Hollywood know something that we don’t? Because I don’t think that these two directors are so amazingly, and will bring them so much attention, that they would be idiots NOT to work with them (beyond the obvious).

        And ugh, I think that Polanski is worse than Allen, if we’re comparing. On one of his previous threads, someone mentioned that Hugh Grant said in an interview that he would never, ever work with Polanski ever again–he said that during filming, he was always screaming at his wife, calling her old, ugly, fat, and stupid.

      • jj says:

        Polanski did Carnage a few years ago which admittedly was a pretty good and intelligent movie. WA movies leave me stone cold, he is a lazy director working with boring actors on boring stories.

      • mayamae says:


        You’re young, so you may not know about the Helter Skelter murders, but Polanski’s pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson’s “Family”. I think he has milked that sympathy for decades, and maybe that’s why he gets away with some of his nonsense.

  12. MrsBPitt says:

    Cate was on 60 Minutes last night and I was so hoping there would be a discussion about Woody Allen, but nothing…it may have been filmed before Dylan called her out for praising Woody…I did like the interview, Cate and her husband seem to genuinely enjoy each other! I don’t really love her dress last…I would love to party with Emma Thompson!!!!

  13. Kate says:

    That red dress looks fantastic on Emma. I like Cate’s dress too. I get why she doesn’t want to mention Woody Allen. It’s just very tricky bc her silence leads to this public conception we have where we are so afraid to speak up about sexual assault and molestation. I know why these actresses feel like they must be silent and yet it still feels wrong.

  14. Dingo says:

    Meh on the dress – she usually does better. But speech was kind of awkward. How will she avoid WA at the oscars?

    • Jayna says:

      She won’t avoid WA and she shouldn’t. This isn’t about anything other than Blue Jasmine, and she will thank him for the amazing script he wrote and direction. Anything other would be glaring and wrong actually if she wins as it is his movie and vision. And she should win. Her performance was brilliant.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        So the fact that he stole his daughter’s childhood by sexually abusing her doesn’t bother you as long as you like his movies? And we should just sweep that under the rug, again, because he’s rich and famous? And negate her experience once again by celebrating this pedophile? I see.

      • Cheryl says:

        I thought the script was a total rip-off of street car named desire.
        And I’m still puzzled why the couple required an au pair for their university aged son.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Hm. You have some uncommon definitions of “glaring” and “wrong,” don’t you?

      • decorative item says:

        There is no proof that Dylan was molested, but just like with Michael Jackson’s life there are many things that would lead a sensible, rational, intelligent person to assume that were there is smoke there is fire.
        Dylan aside, WA had no problem having sex with a teenage girl. Let’s just give him the benefit of the doubt that she was 18 when it became a sexual relationship because obviously WA has such high moral standards…right?
        So anyway, he had no problem having a sexual relationship with the daughter of his longtime lover. Of whom he was the only father figure in her life, regardless of her being legally adopted by him or not. I have a big problem with that alone. And lets not even go into the whole issue of there never having been any equal balance of power in that relationship. He had all the money, worldly experience and emotional advantages over her. Lets face it, a teenage girl who thinks she is in love is an easy target. And, the girl he married is the sister of his son, there should be a boundary there.
        Finally, he has adopted TWO more girls that he is constantly pawing in every photo I have ever seen with them. Meanwhile, his “wife” walks behind in what can only be described as a rose colored mental haze.
        There are so many reasons not to support this man all based on what he has done. Dylan’s situation shouldn’t change anyone’s mind, it should just reinforce that fact that the man is OBVIOUSLY sick. Although I do believe Dylan.
        Cate struck me as someone with integrity as well as real talent. I suppose people expect more from her because she isn’t just another Hollywood product, but this association has dulled her crown quite a bit.

      • Peppa says:

        @cheryl… I think Woody did say he was inspired by Streetcar.

        @decorativeitem… Well said!!

  15. Ice Maiden says:

    I think Cate has definitely made a conscious decision to tone down her red carpets looks for the rest of the award season, both because of the Woody Allen mess and because of the death of PSH. This dress was a lot more subdued than you would normally expect from Cate at a major awards ceremony.

    BTW I disagree with those who say her tribute to PSH was awkward. As Cate was walking away from the podium, you could see she was struggling to hold back tears, which is rare for someone as composed as Cate. I think it was genuine and heartfelt.

  16. Tig says:

    I loved the dress and the necklace- I love dramatic jewelry, and she can carry it off. She really needs to figure out what note she’s going to hit in her Oscar acceptance speech, bec this won’t cut it.

  17. Ellie66 says:

    Love Emma! She is a hoot! Lol! She has been the best thing in all the awards so far!

  18. Ice Maiden says:

    I love Emma, but am I the only one who thinks her eccentric tipsy English lady routine is getting a bit old?

  19. LAK says:

    I love her dress, but i’m a McQueen nut. Have come to grudgingly accept Sarah Burton’s designs, but only if Cate wears them because she adds more to it than the bland boring things she puts out for rest of us.

    Ps: I loved Uma Thurman’s dress too. She was really statuesque. And though she didn’t look like she’d bothered with her hair, it worked.

  20. frisbeejada says:

    Aw no, I love Em, she obviously gets shit faced before she goes down those red carpets – who can blame her for not taking it seriously… I have visions of her getting totally off her head with Cate Blanchette and Meryl Streep later as well, and thinking about it probably Helen Mirren as well, I bet those ladies can really put it away…

  21. I Choose Me says:

    I think she looked great and I love the statement necklace. I’m sad at the backlash she’s getting because of this WA mess. It’s easy to say what we would do and what she should do but we are not her. Me, I’m going to save my vitriol for that POS Woody Allen.

    • mayamae says:

      “It’s easy to say what we would do and what she should do but we are not her.”

      I can say with absolutely no doubt whatsoever that I will never work with a man, who if not a pedophile, had an improper relationship with an underaged daughter of his long term girlfriend who seems to have some mental disabilities (which means she was hardly decisional). And I am not a millionaire who can pick and chose what jobs I take.

  22. Godwina says:

    Cate looks simply amazing. Love the dress. Flawless simple.

  23. Lucy2 says:

    Cate looked great- I saw a close-up of her during the show and her skin looked amazing. I think she did the best speech she could, avoiding WA, and her dedication to PSH was sweet.

  24. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I am struck by the botox look of Cate B vs the non-botoxed look of Emma T.

  25. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Let’s start some gossip about Tom Hardy and his fiancee, Charlotte Riley. I didn’t watch the BAFTAs, but apparently she wasn’t there–he went with one of his friends…….do you guys think that she just didn’t want to go (we very rarely see her on the rc, maybe she doesn’t like to drop what she’s doing to trail after him), or are they broken up???

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Well if we are starting rumors, why don’t we say she ran off with Benedict Cumberbatch given he didn’t show up at the BAFTA’s either! Looks like he was snowed in at New York and couldn’t get a flight out in time, but lets not let a little thing like the truth get in the way of a good story :)

      • I like her though–she’s not as famous as him, but she is a really good actress. I hope they haven’t broken up, and that she’s just telling the Hardy dong to have fun without her, because her and her girls are going out to get drunk or something.

        I just watched ‘The Take’, they were both in it, on Hulu. I would buy it on amazon, but amazon’s taken far too much of my money recently, so I’m trying to cut back.

        Oh, Tom, bless your heart…..the only person I know who can make a half naked, duck lipped selfie look like the SEX. Bless him, he does love to show off his goods. Now we all know what I like to google in my spare time—and that’s only in the images…haha.

        (I hope he reads these threads)

  26. Ice Maiden says:

    Is Tom Hardy a shortie? He looks noticeably shorter than Cate in this picture, and while she’s tall – and is probably wearing high heels – 1m 74 is not THAT tall.

  27. Jeanette says:

    Im glad im not the only one that has Cate issues because of her response to Dylans allegations. I wish just one person that she named would stand up and say I believe in you,. Sad.

    • mayamae says:

      I am not surprised by her response to Dylan’s letter. Many of the actors in Woody Allen’s films “look the other way” because they think he’s a legendary director and they want to work with him. So they hold their noses, take the jobs, and then act like they had no other choice when people question their decisions. They depend on people saying – Oh Cate’s not the one who molested Dylan. I’ll save my anger for the real child molester – Woody Allen.

      I’m sure Cate’s greatest regret is that Dylan’s letter didn’t come out until after the Oscars. She’s in a terrible bind, but one of her own making.

    • Renee28 says:

      Maybe Cate doesn’t believe Dylan or maybe she’s not comfortable passing judgement without knowing all the facts. Everyone wants Cate to take a stand because that’s what they believe regardless of how she may feel. It’s a slippery slope when we start strong-arming people into saying what we feel.

    • Peppa says:

      No major, A-list Hollywood celeb with any sort of power will say anything against Woody. Mark my words. People like Rosie O’Donnell and Lena Dunham have said they believe Dylan, but that’s about it. Woody Allen is far too influential and powerful and, like Polanski, most of Hollywood considers him a creative genius. People may say things after he dies, but no one is going to risk their career by speaking about this. I am not saying I think it’s right (I don’t) but I understand the motivation behind it.

  28. MyHiddles says:

    I don’t love Cate’s dress. My love for her is a bit tainted because of her reply to the Dylan situation. And I really don’t think avoidance of WA and the issues is helping her.

    Emma looks amazing, but a bit saddle-baggy, spanx would be good.

    Tom Hardy is just freakin delicious.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      The WA debacle is a no win situation for Cate imo. The only way that she could have avoided this mess is to have refused to work with WA which I am hoping other actors/actresses are spurred on to do in the future. Dylan may well have some impact on WA career which I believe is her intention (and good for her!). What actor/actresses wants to do excellent work but then have that work overshadowed by WA’s perversions and/or be nominated for an award but be hamstrung in how to accept should they win because to gush over or even acknowledge WA post re-emergence of Dylan’s story is just ewwwww and gross!

  29. Aria says:

    Many actresses have worked with Woody all these years and none of them have recieved half of the hate Cate is getting now: Scarlett, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts, Ellen Paige, Rebeca Hall, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Winona Ryder, etc… The list is endless. And Cate is not the first one to possibly get an Oscar for her performance in a WA movie. Remember Penelope Cruz won for Vicky Christina Barcelona and no one made a scandal. Woody’s pedophile tendencies are known long before Dylan’s brave open letter.

    I watched Blue Jazmine. Cate was at her best. If she wins, it will be a well deserved award.

    • Leigh says:

      May I also point out that Cate was the only one to make a statement and work with him recently. She has recently thanked him and praised him weeks before the allegations resurfaced, so yes, she is getting the brunt. I don’t think anyone who supports him should be free of criticism at this point.

      BUT of everyone, why aren’t people crucifying Diane Keaton? That over the top speech she gave at the Golden Globes??? Hello?

      • Aria says:

        Exactly. Diane Keaton is still (!) crazy in love with that man.

        Cate thanked him at the Globes (if I am not mistaken) because he wrote that part for her and she was pleased with it. It was professional gratitude. But we should not black listed her for that. Otherwise, half of Hollywood A list actresses should be included.

      • Peppa says:

        Cate is an easy target because she is in the awards season spotlight right now. I agree that I would like to hear what Diane Keaton has to say. Half of Hollywood has worked with the guy (including Oscar nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep) but Cate just happens to be in the spotlight right now.

  30. Ginger says:

    Normally I love Cate’s red carpet looks but I’m not digging this one. Her figure and skin are fantastic as always. Emma looks gorgeous! Normally I hate her red carpet looks so I feel a bit like I’m in a Bizarro world with this event. AND huge bonus…Tom Hardy! Yay!

  31. Mario says:

    Good god, Love Emma’s dress … she looks so elegant!

  32. silly you says:

    can’t someone help emma thompson? she needs a dress that fits her. that dress would have been a lot more flattering if it had been tailored correctly. also, she should stop acting like everyone’s favorite tipsy aunt…that bit is played.

  33. Organicrosehipoil says:

    No, Dylan will not be able to ruin cate blanchets oscar run, dragging her into her accusations against woody.
    Cate is not responsible for anybody’s actions, but hers and unless woody is convicted of a crime in the court of law, he is an innocent man.
    I just saw blue jasmine and I loved her performance.
    Emma’s hair looks great, but what are those bumps on both sides of her body, fatty bumps, it looks pretty bad.
    The red colour is very nice on her.
    Did cate have something done to her face, it looks fake in the up close pic.

  34. Jennifer says:

    Personally I have never understood why people call her beautiful . I also think she wears way too much eyeliner and her eyes look like pissholes in the snow. I never ever ever watch her movies and have left the room when she appears in tv shows that were made earlier I her career here in Australia. Elizabeth 1 is a revered person in my life but I have never watched the movies that Blanchett made.
    I am neither here nor there about her winning any awards I don’t watch the movies anyway.
    I am really hoping she just goes away and stays away

  35. Aria says:

    Nobody has commented on how much botox Angelina’s face has .