Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter at the BAFTAs: loved up?

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attended last night’s BAFTAs together, of course. Even though Sophie skipped THREE pre-BAFTA events with Bendy, I figured she would attend the BAFTAs and I was right. And once again, Bendy LOST! Not only that, but The Imitation Game was completely shut out of every award. Bendy lost Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne. And once again, Redmayne seems like he’s going to take home the Oscar in what was supposed to be Bendy’s big buzzed-about year. So, did Bendy’s Forever Oscar Campaign end up blowing up in his face? Or did the campaign not even matter? I’m not sure.

Shockingly, Sophie did not wear A) floral or B) Erdem. Floral Erdem gowns had been her go-to look for several events in a row, but at the BAFTAs she went with a Maison Margiela dress by John Galliano. That’s sort of controversial because to some fashion people, Galliano is still persona non grata following his anti-Semitic rants several years ago. I think most people have forgiven him though. Anyway, I liked this on her. The dress itself is a lovely maternity look. My only complaint was the hair… I think she has side bangs and she was trying to change it up and whatever happened, it made her look older.

Anyway… Bendy and Sophie looked loved up. He gazed at her lovingly on the red carpet several times. The mean, conspiracy theorist part of me thinks that it is all a show, that if he convinces us maybe he’ll convince himself. But the optimist in me says that he genuinely loves her and cares about her. I don’t know.

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  1. Zandy says:

    They look like siblings, its scary. Sophie looks lovely.

    • qwerty says:

      Oh god, yes. These pics are the first time I can really see it. Like, REAALLY see it…

      • Indira says:

        Yep, really. I think they’re both good looking, though a lot of people don’t. But her pretty I don’t appreciate for some reason. He’s really so sexy in motion. In spite of the questionable things he spews and the Oscar Campaign of Doom.

      • Diana B says:

        Me too. I’ve never noticed before because I tend to avoid lizzard face but Oh. My. God, they are like twins in those pics and it’s really creepy.

      • Green Girl says:

        I didn’t see the similarities everyone was talking about until I saw their pictures together at BAFTA, and now I want to know how they can’t notice it themselves! I think it doesn’t help they have hair color that’s almost identical, and are both sporting swept-back hairstyles.

    • QQ says:

      Britain’s version of redneck’s kissing siblings

    • Claire. says:

      Yup, two bros

      • GingerCrunch says:

        What the HELL is up with that?!? Some weird, ultimate narcissistic thing?

      • gg says:

        Look up wedding photos of Mick and Bianca Jagger, and get back to me on that LOL

      • malina says:

        GingerCrunch, exactly what I’ve been thinking. He has talked so much about a need to have somebody to focus on away from himself so he’s found himself a next best thing, a female version of his face that he can stare into instead of a mirror ;)

    • Miss Melissa says:

      Twinners!

    • SnowGlow says:

      YES! I’ve been saying this since I first saw them together.

    • Crumpet says:

      Genetic attraction at work.

    • JH says:

      I never comment on BC, but I came to say exactly this. Brother engaged to sister.

    • Isadora says:

      People are often attracted to someone else with similar facial features (sometimes more, sometimes less). Like Crumpet said, genetic attraction at work. Psychologists think that you are more prone to fall in love with someone who looks similar, because you unconsciously think he or she is kinda trustworthy and familiar. When you grow up you are surrounded by people who look similar to you and are (hopefully) nice and you feel secure with them. So years later, when you meet someone who looks a bit like a relative then chances are your subconscious thinks this person must be great and a safe haven.

      So under this aspect it’s far less creepy. It’s more comparable to the effect that you like things that smell or taste like stuff from your childhood (e.g. regarding food) or that you feel comfy in surroundings that resembles the one you grew up in, etc.

    • Maya says:

      Was just going to say how freakishly similar they look.

  2. TracySmiles says:

    I think it’s the real deal… and she looks lovely
    *ducks for cover*

    • Charlotte says:

      I think she looks lovely too.

      • FLORC says:

        Same.
        She’s pretty and they’re looking at eachother in a way that is undeniable love.
        I don’t find either of them super attractive, but they’re cute together.

      • Claire. says:

        “Undeniable love” lmao

      • Kat says:

        @FLORC

        ‘undeniable love’ … Um..how so? Going by those photos and your logic, it would appear he’s in undeniable love with everyone he’s ever looked at.

        Also, the vicious way she looked at him in the audience..how does that rate on the scale of ‘undeniable love’?

      • Anny says:

        They look good together. I like them. And I love her earrings. He looks like he doesn’t have eyebrows. But they look happy together.

      • Sunflower says:

        in the pic, they do looking loved up, but if you saw the video (and the two pics of her pulling his hand off her back) you’d think otherwise.

      • Kat says:

        @sunflower

        I didn’t see loved up. I just saw him looking at someone with warmth. There’s literally hundreds of pics out there of him looking exactly the same.

      • fruitloops says:

        Yeah, she pulled his hand off her back so that she could hold his hand. Now if that’s not the proof of her stone cold heart and that their love is fake then I don’t know what is. LOL, c’mon!

    • melbelle says:

      All of this “does he actually love her” stuff is SO STUPID. Of course he loves her. If anybody thinks he’s marrying her because of an accidental pregnancy, they really don’t think much of him at all. He seems far too smart and progressive to marry anybody for any reason other than he wants to.

      • Kat says:

        He got engaged after finding out she was pregnant. Of course that’s why he’s marrying her.

      • fruitloops says:

        @Kat,
        but if he didn’t want to marry her he wouldn’t. People aren’t obliged to marry because of pregnancy any more, at least not in society he lives in, even in Hollywood and even if he wanted an Oscar.

      • Kat says:

        @fruitloops

        No, people aren’t obliged to marry anymore but that doesn’t mean that some people still don’t still feel like it’s the right thing to do.

      • tsmiv2 says:

        They are only engaged because of the pregnancy. It’s as plain as day.

      • Isadora says:

        I have no idea if he only marries her because she’s pregnant. It just occured to me that it’s funny how society changes – and I don’t mean that in a good or bad way. It’s just that 200 years ago any man who married a pregnant woman he’s not neccessarily in love with would be regarded as a great and honorable man because he does the right thing. And nowadays he is regarded as a total loser or “fake” or something else negative.

      • qwerty says:

        I don’t really like either of them so it’s not crazy fan girl’s wishful thinking but I kinda do think he married her cause she got pregnant. They got engaged just as they found out she’s pregnant and married very soon after (compared to actors who stay engaged long after the child’s borth in many cases). He’s form a very posh background and an acclaimed actor – I don’t think he ever cosidered having a “baby mama”.

      • qwerty says:

        Oops I just read they’re not married yet, I remember reading they sent out invitations so thought it was a done deal already. Anyway, the rest still stands.

      • hermi says:

        Well, I used to think Ben was classy, but now he’s gone so tacky he could be in “The only way is Essex”. I mean, let’s see how the events unfolded:
        1) The engagement is announced in the papers. Everybody gasps: how old-school, how endearingly stiff upper-lip!!!!
        2) It turns out the woman got pregnant in August, which means he proposed to her only when he was quite sure it would stick. I mean: you are in love, right? She’s pregnant, right? Why not propose straight away, or just simply go public instead of all this cloak and dagger thing.
        3) They had the gall to insinuate they were dating for a year, but her brother let it slip that the romance started in late summer, meaning when she got pregnant. Some romance :)
        Classy? Methinks not.

  3. aligoat says:

    She looks really lovely here, especially her hairstyle and gorgeous earrings.

  4. Sixer says:

    I thought she looked good and I rarely notice whether the girls look good or bad. From a Sixer perspective, they just all look like they’re wearing ridiculous clothes and I just let the costumes fly over my head. So if I noticed, that’s good, right?

    You can’t see it on the stills, but I’m surprised Bendy could even muster a facial expression, the amount of foundation he was wearing. He looked orange in the audience every time the camera cut to him. I don’t believe he was really whooping for Eddie: he was covering the make-up fail with his hands!

    • 'P'enny says:

      I am beginning to think he’s on the botox – face just doesn’t seem to move as much as it used to.

      • FLORC says:

        She’s wrinkled her forehead. The shots just haven’t been here. Some closeups show her to have very smooth skin with small pores. Tight overall, but can still move and no botox.

      • **sighs** says:

        I think they’re talking about him, not her.

    • Linz says:

      @’P'enny.

      If you look at close up shots of his face (from last night) it’s quite obvious that he is not on the Botox. He was wearing a lot of foundation/makeup.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      His hair had way too much product, making it look like a bad wig. She looked nice.

  5. Coco says:

    She´s too thin, too harsh, and her smiles look painful. She looked much softer once, as well as he did. Seems to be a very exhausting relationship, as both of them have definitely aged since the beginning ( in summer, I think).

    • Another Nina says:

      Alternatively, she might be in exhausting relationships with toxicosis while he is getting Harveyed.

    • FLORC says:

      Yes because as time goes on we normally do not age. It must be the relationship.

      • Kat says:

        @FLORC

        Umm, I think they were speaking relatively. We don’t usually age significantly in just over six months.

      • Anny says:

        She is pregnant. I bet that is a tiny bit exhausting. But no. Blame it on the relationship. Of course.

      • Kat says:

        Well,she looked utterly fine last week at Paris fashion week and tottering over to chanel. She also looked fine at all the events she went to recently via transatlantic flights and the first trimester is usually the killer for tiredness.
        And majority of women who are pregnant are also having to work full time up to their 8/9th month and I think it’s safe to say she hasn’t been doing that either.

      • Lindy79 says:

        OK this is a personal annoyance of mine but she is pregnant not ill and despite what they will have us believe she is not that busy. If she was suffering from all day sickness or exhaustion I’m sure she wouldn’t have traveled to NY, and Barbados and then Palm Springs and LA with him, it’s a bloody valid reason for her not to be there. She’s allowed to look tired and not glowy but pregnant women can work 40+ hours a week up until 2 weeks before their due date or if they are at home they continue about their busy lives, unless they have complications so can people please stop acting as though she has some sort of illness as to why she didn’t go to all events with him.
        She probably just didn’t want to and that’s fine but she is pregnant not infirm.

      • alice says:

        x 1,000,000 Lindy. It’s very tedious how pregnancy is used as an excuse. It’s a condition not a disease or illness, for crying out loud. I’m with you all the way on this.

      • Anny says:

        Calm down. I didn’t say that pregnancy = illness. I don’t have kids so I don’t know but my colleague was pregnant last year and she sometimes looked exhausted even in the middle of pregnancy and then she was fine the next week. I just think that it is a bit more understandable that a pregnant woman doesn’t look glowing, fresh and well-rested all the time.

      • lindy79 says:

        Sorry Anny that wasn’t aimed at you just in general. I’ve seen some folks go on about how tired she must be (as all pregnant women are) and explaining away her attitude and seeming coldness yet when its been pointed out times he hasn’t exactly been attentive to his pregnant partner (pap walk at LAX and pretty much every red carpet especially the ESAs when he walked down a spiral staircase ahead of her and didn’t so much as look back let alone hold her hand) they say “shes pregnant she doesn’t need help”
        Cant have it both ways.

    • Maria says:

      Why does she never wear an open smile? Why always that kind of smirky smily grimace that doesn’t help her almost chinless appearance?

  6. Kat says:

    I’m sorry, but he didn’t ‘gaze at her lovingly’ – he just looked at her. Honestly, if you took away her from the equation and cut off her picture, it could be interchangeable with the way he looks at any friend or costar. I’d be the first to be overjoyed for him if he truly looked happy, but there is so much silly hyperbole purely because he made eye contact with the woman.
    She looked tense and he was very much overcompensating. He’s done a complete 180 from every single other time he’s been seen with her. It just wasn’t natural. It’s not ‘mean’ to say that – it’s realistic.

    For his sake, if this is going to marriage, I truly hope I’m wrong, because I wouldn’t wish an unhappy union on anyone, least of all him, but a combination of factors from last night, made me raise my eyebrows more than ever.

    • 'P'enny says:

      I think its time to ‘let it go,’ as in Frozen, and as in both look like black ice frozen in botox. Seriously, wouldn’t want to bump into either of them on a dark night. Black just makes her look she is missing her broomstick.

      anyway, bored of the showbiz romance time for him to fade-away or get on the broomstick and let time heal all Bendy over exposure wounds.

      there is nothing more speculation can add, its just going around in endless circles.

      ‘let it goooo’ ‘let it gooo’

    • Lindy79 says:

      I did lol at a gif doing the rounds of her moving his hand from her back and into her hand instead. It just looked so odd. Maybe that’s her signal that she needs the loo

    • Maria says:

      you are right. i do not care about Benny, i am more fascinated how many replies his threads here get. but this looking someone in the eye on the red carpet happens everyday with all people. a picture will just give someone the impression there is more going on. like a couple of days ago people were saying George Clooney looked lovingly at Brad Pitt. you give someone a glance for a second and in the pic it will look like you stared into each others eyes for eternity.

      the co stars looking into each others eyes is a very common pose on the carpet. it does not tell you anything.

    • Granger says:

      I agree he doesn’t look like he’s head over heels, but people have been saying for months that he can barely stand to look at her and that he obviously doesn’t like her, so I think these photos show some … improvement. Whether it’s an improvement in how he feels, in how he shows it, or in how he’s trying to prove something to the world is anybody’s guess.

    • anonnnn says:

      I agree. When he is gazing so “lovingly” at her, her jaw muscles are clenched. Very obvious from a few pics. Unless of course, she is trying very hard not to smile.

  7. Betti says:

    Well good luck to them, raising a kid is hard enough but with someone you don’t know very well it will be harder.

    Bendy blew it this award season – TIG had a chance at the beginning but his lack of ‘campaigning’ reflected badly on him and it will be sometime (if ever) before he gets nominated again (particularly, backed by Harvey Weinstein). He desperately wanted it and I know he is busy but his tabloid, baity and desperate PR backfired. The fact that he and TIG won nothing at the BAFTA’s was telling as Bendy has been their darling for a while – i think he’s lost what industry respect he had. He’s sold out for Hollywood fame and fortune, why else sign on for a Marvel franchise – he’s going down the Hiddles trail – he wants that fame, bad.

    • Another Nina says:

      I don’t think Redmayne wanted it less than Cumby or that he was less active. Looks like just his performance was stronger.

    • Crocuta says:

      Here’s a thought: perhaps TIG (and Benedict Cumberbatch) didn’t win those awards because other nominees were better.

      • maria says:

        Yep that’s it. I watched all three movies, TIG; TTOE and Birdman. Personally, I think Redmayne deserves the oscar, but I’m kind of rooting for Keaton. Tig is a good movie, solid cast and I enjoyed it, but the only oscar worthy performance is the kid who played Alan as a child. He was awesome!

      • MtnRunner says:

        Agree. Crocuta. The campaign had nothing to do with it. The other nominees were simply better.

        After four months, Ben and Sophie are at least *acting* better. I still don’t have much hope for them long-term.

        Ben’s whooping it up for Eddie was OTT. He was clearly aware of what people were saying about the Globes and made sure to swing the pendulum in the other direction.

      • Kayliemars says:

        Doubtful. That wasn’t a big thing at all on social or in general media, and certainly not major enough for PR to pick up on during an already busy time.

        Cumberbatch did seem more relaxed and less flustered/anxious (?). Not sure how to describe it, he also had a very stoic face when winning at the BIFAs.

      • L says:

        I agree-we watched TIG this weekend and it was a thin, typical WWII intellect vs the world movie. The movie itself had no real substance in it-and Cumberbatch wasn’t anything special in it. A posh version of Sherlock. All the campaigning in the world couldn’t save what ended up being a disappointing movie.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Totally agreed, Crocuta. Saw them all and TIG was by far the weaker of the three (TTOE and Birdman the other two).

        BTW, if that’s his “loving gaze” I shudder to think what his “O” face looks like. Yikes.

      • icerose says:

        to true but his campaign based so heavily on how it was awakening the world to Turing just did not wash in the UK

      • Green Eyes says:

        I’ve always felt that TIG would have been better suited for the small screen. To me, TIG falls into a Masterpiece period piece (though aren’t all Masterpiece shows period pieces?). Anyway, I didn’t think the story warranted being made into a big screen movie.

      • Isadora says:

        @Kayliemars: I agree with the relaxed thing. To me it seems like he is quite sure now that his Oscar chances are minimal at best after losing practically everything to Keaton and Redmayne. And that probably takes a lot of pressure off him. Plus no more campaigning. It feels like not only his fanbase needs a break from Oscar-Bendy lol.

      • Kaylie says:

        Isadora: Absolutely agree. He became noticeably more pleasant as soon as he was able to drop out of the race, and that’s not likely a coincidence.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I know given my side eyeing of the PR fuckery it will look like I’m biased but if I had to chose between just the two of them, (taking Keaton out temporarily) I would chose Redmayne.
      When watching ToE I forgot I was watching him, and that he was acting a part. I never felt that with Benedict in IG. I never lost the fact I was watching him act (very well) in a role.

      • icerose says:

        Me to Benny seems forced with unnatural speech patterns but Eddie totally convinced me he was Hawking.

      • Green Eyes says:

        @icerose, ITA. With BC, it is almost as if we are watching an actor playing a role, whereas with, say, EM, we are just seeing the character only – it is quite seamless.

      • hermi says:

        I have saying that for ages, including on the IMDB, and only now people seem to agree. Before it was all, “It’s the best performance ever by BC”, when it clearly is only Sherlock goes Enigma.

    • 'P'enny says:

      I think he lost out, not because of campaigning [he's done plenty] but maybe to his credit the other performances were stronger.

      • Mia4S says:

        Yeah there’s no conspiracy or great tragedy; other movies/performances just came out stronger. He stayed on Weinstein’s good side, IG is the second highest grossing Oscar nominee (to American Sniper) and he gets to put “Academy Award Nominee” before his credits forever. The win is never the ultimate goal…just ask Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Cuba Gooding Jr, etc. He’s now more than Internet famous (as much as that pisses off the Internet). ;-)

        The one who has to be careful is Redmayne (if he wins). He will get some big offers and he already has one blockbuster in the loss/bomb/terrible column (Jupiter Rising). He needs to do some strong supporting work in big stuff and not try to carry something. He’s not a star yet, he’s not even close even with the win. If Marvel or Star Wars (or Trek!) call? Answer!

    • Kaylie says:

      It depends on whom you’re speaking to.

      Taking BC out of it, Redmayne is winning on his constant campaigning over people who deserved it more for me. Same with Boyhood over other, better films. Both are getting hit with backlash. I feel Eddie is a fine actor but simply was not as wowed by him in TTOE as Keaton in Birdman or Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    • Brittney B says:

      Ehhh… people who don’t read gossip blogs haven’t noticed a change at all. Actors promote films when they’re nominated, period. He’s been all over the place, especially in comparison with his fellow nominees… but Oscar voters and industry insiders aren’t watching the Today Show or keeping track of how many times he brought his fiancee as a date to a red carpet. He’s been selling a movie and campaigning for votes simultaneously. When he was the most beloved among Internet crowds, the average person had still never heard of him, and Hollywood still wasn’t sure if he was a great dramatic actor. The shifts within this community are *not* indicative of any other shifts. If anything, his profile is higher and people know his name now. That was exactly the plan all along. Eddie just had a better performance.

      (But if MIchael doesn’t get the Oscar, I’ll be upset.)

      • Mia4S says:

        Oh I completely agree that Keaton should win! Although either way his is the best “comeback” story in a while. He will work like crazy.

        It just fascinates me the position Redmayne might find himself in and how easily he could blow it. The big error Brody and Gooding Jr made was taking on big money parts with poor scripts or that they weren’t suited for. If Redmayne wins, two weeks later no one cares! He (like Brody and Gooding Jr) doesn’t have the foundation Keaton does. I’d actually argue Cumberbatch would have been in a safer spot with guaranteed hits in Sherlock and Dr. Strange in the wings. If you’re not careful, Oscars do more harm than good.

      • icerose says:

        The jibes about Benny at BIFI awards and from other insiders have spelt out over exposed very clearly

  8. AG-UK says:

    I must say I do like the dress and I am sure Anna had something to do with her wearing it as she loves Galliano, he is talented that’s for sure. I would wear that dress. Her hair up doesn’t suit her makes her face look very harsh and they def. look like siblings in those photos same long face/chin.

    • Kat says:

      Ah, yes that delightful nazi sympathiser, John Galliano. Gee, Wintour just gets more lovely with the passing of every day.

      • tsmiv2 says:

        Let’s see, her baby daddy is in a movie about breaking Nazi code, and she shows up wearing a dress designed by a guy who openly admits to admiring Hitler. What does that tell you?

      • Felice says:

        Wasn’t there an article about connections in her family?

    • Mary-Alice says:

      If I could afford it, I would wear Galliano clothes every single day of my life and proudly so. Don’t give a s*it what anyone thinks. Long live talent, this world surely needs mode of it! All the “saints” with the stones in hand are irrelevant. This is not heaven but to the best of my knowledge, most of the Bible saints were not such entirely, either. Took them a long way of mistakes and forgiveness to get there.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Hey John

      • Santolina says:

        And black is white. Say it enough and you’ll believe it.

      • Hexentanz says:

        If stupidity and ignorance would hurt some people would scream in pain all day.

      • Isadora says:

        I’m the least person to defend Galliano, but there’s a point to the fact that a lot of people whose talent we admire nowadays in museums and history books were morally questionable or downright horrible human beings. Take Byron for example, who impregnated his own sister or the revered James Joyce, who probably abused his own daughter etc. It’s probably different if an artist is still alive, but yeah… And I have to admit I take drug addled crazy talking still over actual violent behavior or abuse.

      • Santolina says:

        @Isadora, I’ve read that Lucia Joyce may have been sexually abused by her brother, but not her father. Where did you read that?

      • Orly says:

        I think it’s far from “probable” that Joyce abused his own daughter. I believe it’s just speculation based on someone’s observation that they seemed peculiarly close & because of her later mental illness. And I thought the brother theory was also just speculation because his son Stephen destroyed Lucia’s letters & some claim that the brother was to blame for her long stay in an asylum. Her adult life did seem to be one of much suffering, but are there any facts that support the theory that she was abused by a family member?

      • Mary-Alice says:

        @Lindy Hi Mary-Sue!

        Isadora said it better. I, for one, can appreciate talent itself. On itself. If one is good in painting, I buy their paintings. Tney may be an a**hole in their daily life but it’s not tneir life on my walls. Art is subjective and design is art. If art speaks to me, it’s something I want. On a difterent note, John Galliano didn’t do anything which is even remotely comparable to Woody Allen or Hollywood producers’ doings and still, the majority of this righteous American public buys their work, pays for it and supports them. But woes and booes at those who like and support Galliano’s work. Hypocrisy. Not that anyone cares. He still has the talent, he will have the opportunities, and the clients. In art, in all its forms, righteous behaviour has never been the norm. Never. And I am in the field, I kmow what I’m talking about. The majority of the renowned art figures had and have major flaws. Fact.

  9. Miss M says:

    She looks lovely!

    Did he learn to gaze with George Clooney?! lol

  10. MeloMelo says:

    At least hes smiling and theyre interacting.
    And she doesnt have pockets!

    • gg says:

      Yeah but did you see the nasty look she threw at Benedict during Mike Leigh’s speech? Man I would not want to run into her in a dark alley! Even Mark Strong looked scared

      • Betti says:

        Yes that was nasty. Wonder what went down before the camera cut to them – it was def a pissed ‘ffs’ look he got. Mark Strong didn’t looked scared, he looked concerned to me.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Maybe she needed him to move while she went to the loo but he was comfy so told her to hold it, or he wouldn’t get her an ice cream or some popcorn or those flashing cowboy hats you can buy outside the O2

      • 'P'enny says:

        you don’t mess with a pregnant woman!

      • Claire. says:

        I don’t get what this nonsense about looking loved up is about. She won’t let him put his hand on her waist and threw yet another tantrum in front of cameras, albeit she didn’t know the cameras were on HIM this time. Lol. Good on him for remaining the professional while she showed her true colours again, so much even his costars are noticing. Hope they’re having a good word with you about her Benders

      • Kat says:

        At that point, I stopped going WTF for the first time in four months and just felt really fu–ing sorry for him. He looked so bloody dejected and exhausted. Can’t think what on earth he could’ve done at that point to warrant that; all he was doing were clapping Mike Leigh’s fantastic speech.

      • Maria says:

        can someone please post a gif or video of that, now im curious.

        edit: never mind i found it, if someone is interested: gifs:
        http://sophiehuntergossipblog.tumblr.com/post/110498333255/benedicts-third-testicle-what-the-fry-here-it

      • viki says:

        Maybe he tried to hold her hand for the camera but since she’s so anti-pda she hissed and gave him that look instead!
        Remember Hermie’s story when she spotted them leaving the theatre back in June/July and he tried to put his arm around her but she was not happy about it….she must have had that same look on her face back then.

      • ANON says:

        I genuinely got the impression she was looking past him at someone on the other side of the aisle, I assumed someone was talking during the speech.

      • Felice says:

        That was during a sad moment too. Idk what her damage is.

      • Claire. says:

        @felice like I said in the last thread, I think there’s something really wrong with her. Like psychobee type of wrong. She acts like she hates everyone, incl her fiance.

      • Claire. says:

        @viki its been said a million times but it bears repeating: she has no problem with pda with every other man who’s been in her life. It’s just BC

      • Linz says:

        Even when there is a video clearly showing that she gave him a nasty look. Some people are still trying to make excuses/trying to turn it around.
        “She was looking past him. She wasn’t looking at him”

        No, she was looking at HIM. She gave Benedict a dirty look.

      • Felice says:

        They will twist everything, Linz. He’s also clearly mocking her on the RC and she is hiding her being pissed off.
        They tried to say the video of her forcing his hand down was ‘reversed’. For fun, they did reverse it and it looks like a demonic possession is lifting his hand to her back. Also, either way, the fact that one is forcing the other to do something is not good.

      • Claire. says:

        I read speculation on that Felice, you think he really was mocking her? And she knew it?

      • Felice says:

        Idk, Claire.

        I think that he tried to be cheerful on this occasion and she just didn’t seem to want to play along for whatever reason. I know that I am not a ball of sunshine when I am cold. I don’t think he would be that mean to mock her in front of cameras. Some skeptics are more cynical and sinister about this coupling.

      • anon says:

        He was mocking her all the way. It is interesting though that he is still alive. Too much love between the two.

      • hermi says:

        There was a similar moment at the globes when BC blew a kiss to some woman (or man) and she gave that man/woman a look of such hatred they she/he is probably petrified by now :)

      • anon121 says:

        I’ve seen the video and the gifs. Looks we caught the tail end of whatever went down. I think someone speculated that the cameraman saw something going on and tried to catch it. Keira looks pretty upset and concerned. Mark Strong looks like he wants to give Sophie a talking to.
        Sad-just when you think it could be normal, they sucked you back in. Sophie is the gift that just keeps on giving.

      • Felice says:

        @hermi

        She spilled her drink and he was laughing. She’s wiping her arm and looking pissed that he was laughing.

      • Claire. says:

        “There was a similar moment at the globes when BC blew a kiss to some woman (or man) and she gave that man/woman a look of such hatred they she”

        Link, please

    • hermi says:

      @CLAIRE Here are the pictures (can’t post links). Think of them in succession: first the one with the kiss, then the other. Look at her death glare. Lol.
      http://40.media.tumblr.com/a3dc6bf56395680f74272c730bb691c4/tumblr_nisyzp3ZwO1u1m810o1_500.jpg

      http://40.media.tumblr.com/971e68c4979359d36633697cc9b7faa1/tumblr_nisv23oMj61u1m810o1_1280.jpg

  11. Lindy79 says:

    She looked good I thought (although boo to the Galliano).
    At least after 3 months and 6/7 red carpets they’ve finally managed to look semi relaxed and actually like they sort of know each other. Huzzah!

    • MtnRunner says:

      Shotgun couples need a lot of practice looking loved up, apparently.

      At this point, they bore me. I’m ready to watch that other Brit that has been AWOL for the past year. I will be curious if a) Ben marries her b) if it’s a May baby and c) how long until they split.

      • maria says:

        I miss Hardy *sigh*

      • Green Eyes says:

        Do you mean Lord Dragonfly Hiddleston? I keep trying to make him happen as my Internet Boyfriend, but I just can’t with him.

        However, I am becoming quite enamored with James Norton! I wish we could get threads on him, but I’m afraid that James is not as splashy as Lords Batch and Hiddles.

      • RobN says:

        The whole shotgun notion is ridiculous. This isn’t 1950. Plenty of couples have kids, don’t stay together, and put out a nice “we’re not together but plan on raising our child, yada, yada, yada” statement. The idea that actors are marrying in this day and age because of a pregnancy really makes zero sense. Somebody is going to claim it’s because of the Oscar race, but once again, not 1950.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Green Eyes, isn’t it wonderful that there’s plenty of hot guys to go around? Since I have to share Hiddles with a few other Dragonflies, don’t feel pressure to make him your Internet Boyfriend on my account. It’s hard enough for Tom and I to sneak around behind Lilac’s back (greedy wench claims to be married to both him AND Cap’n Sexy) and enjoy some quality time together.

      • Green Eyes says:

        Okay, MtnRunner, you can fight with Lilac over Lord Hiddles and I will claim James Norton as mine (claimed it!). He’s so sexy and posh – just like all our Internet Boyfriends. Except he’s MINE!

      • Alice says:

        RobN. It’s a shotgun engagement. Who knows if it’ll end in marriage. I’ve been saying since the beginning he’d be a fool to marry her, just say our lives took different paths, we’ll always care for each other, it’s in everyone’s best interests, blah, blah, blah. Let the lawyers hash out the custody, etc.

      • Alice says:

        Green Eyes. JN does have a nice mouth. I fixate on that every Sunday night.

      • moodgirl says:

        Where’s the shank lady who would cut anyone over Ben? I need to borrow a shank to get Green Eyes away from my new man James Norton. 😉 I love him on PBS.

  12. Claire. says:

    Can someone link me to the BTT timeline where it shows she was with a bunch of other men last summer?

    • anon says:

      tumblr links can not be posted here so … Go to BTT page and:
      - under the title there are links still in purple / violet aka Ask, Submit … the last one in the second row is Benedict’s fourth testicle – all SH is there
      - also search #fakepreg tag to see how her belly has been changing through the “pregnancy”

  13. Kate says:

    I’m done w/my Sophie hating…I loved the dress and she looks beautiful. Pregnancy suits her. I hope he is happy.

  14. Oops! says:

    I don’t know. The confusion with these two just seems to get worse. The stills look loved up. In a really intense way they’ve never projected before. Well, at least him. Something’s just off about her way of expression. Like she has trouble doing it unless she’s pissed off.

    Speaking of, in motion, they don’t look really loved up at all. There’s a couple moments that are cringey cold. But mostly it’s just like, okay? Maybe… no. Well, I guess… no. Oh, then it’s… no.

    Part of me hopes that she always stays home after this award season. But then it would be weird to think that my favorite actor has a wife he never shows up with. Still, it’s a right bummer to think of all the lame-o carpets we’re going to see just because she really comes off as that really annoying, whiny spoiled chick that no one likes being around.

    BC is for reals that dude with the woman no one wants to have at the party.

  15. CORIANDER says:

    I am coincidental with many of you. Not so loving glazes, only the causative ones owned to press photographer boys.

    In my opinion.

  16. Ms.LadyMadame says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like her dress?

    • CORIANDER says:

      Remember she is pregnant, not so easy to pretend not to be. The dark long gown is fabulous for that. And to me the dress is elegant, could be better, of course, but a hundred times over Jennifer Lopez’s or others attending in pregnancy to those events.

    • viki says:

      No. You’re not the only one who doesn’t like the dress. If it had sleeves I’d say she looks like a nun. But still an upgrade from her white disciple wardrobe from the fashion show.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I think Kerry Washington set a pretty high-bar for red carpet maternity fashion (aside from that picnic blanket dress when she was trying to hide her pregnancy).

    • Green Eyes says:

      Like the dress, hate the hair. She looks like a Footman with it!

    • anon121 says:

      @Hermi-While Botox is SUPPOSED to only work locally, there are case reports of generalized weakness and paralysis. It is considered a Class C agent in pregnancy by the Food and Drug Administration (US) and shouldn’t be used during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary (cosmetic use doesn’t count).
      Re:the dress. I liked it but hate that it was designed by Galliano. Part of me wonders if that was deliberate on her part? It really does seem to me at times that her mission in life is to embarrass him (PSIFF anyone?). Just my opinion.

  17. Felice says:

    She got botox and she definitely needs a fringe at all times.

  18. Louise says:

    They look so much alike that I can’t even focus. Its spooky. She has the same smirk in every picture. Wonder why she doesn’t like to SMILE and show her teeth? Maybe I should get out more.

  19. Wonderbunny says:

    Finally lost my Celebitchy -virginity, so now I’ll finally comment on a Cumberbatch thread as well! Been reading these for ages now…

    I don’t think they look like they are in love. Granted, there are all kinds of love that you can feel towards others and not everyone is into expressing affection in public or otherwise. They sure don’t look like James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff, but of course, those are different people. So, I decided to do a quick Google image search “olivia poulet”, just to see if he is the sort of person who’s stiff (in a bad way) around a woman he loves. He looks like a different person then and now.

    I think it’s really easy to convince yourself that you’re really in love if most things seem to match and things look good on paper. I also think that it’s possible to learn to love and respect each other over time. So really, no real shade towards these two. It just doesn’t look like the sort of love affair where your heart sings out of pure joy, and if they don’t need that, fair enough.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Yes. I also believe they got pregnant after a short period and they decided to get engaged.
      I guess if he stopped using all this flowery “the most incredible woman I’ve ever met, my rock, my support, my life, my future” language when their body language together even up to last night was anything but, it would stop making it look even weirder. Hell even in those loving gaze shots their bodies are not that close.
      He just doesn’t look like someone who is getting everything he wanted professionally and personally.

      • Wonderbunny says:

        Well…I know I’ve gone to great lengths at justifying my own relationship choices and made all kinds of lists of supposedly great things, even though deep down I knew that it wasn’t so great :-)

        People get married and have children all the time without a great love story, and there’s nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. The problems start if you aren’t being honest about it and pretend that it’s exactly what you’ve always wanted, even though you know that it isn’t. That will only lead to resentment in the long term. But who really knows in this case? Perhaps what they have is sufficient enough and it works for them. Perhaps they’ll direct their passion and joy towards something else in life. Perhaps having children and a wife is more important to him than having a best friend and a lover in your significant other?

      • Lindy79 says:

        Very true Wonderbunny, very true :)

      • alice says:

        Having a wife won’t preclude having a lover, especially if the marriage is as cold as the engagement seems to be. And he’s in a business that offers plenty of opportunities for that.

      • Andrea says:

        That’s the thing that bothers people the most with this—he may be marrying not for love. Guess what people? I have seen a lot of my own friends marry and/or have children with people they didn’t love or much less like. Some people stay for the kids sake, for companionship, simply to have someone, or they feel like they must due to societal/family/friend pressure, or they simply “settle” etc. I have not married my own boyfriend of nearly 8 years because I fear I would be settling if I did. It’s being honest with your choices is what most people don’t admit/aren’t honest about until those relationships I describe above ultimately fail. Who is to say our Benedict is immune to this?

      • Wonderbunny says:

        @Andrea, It could be love. Kind of. Just not the kind that is the source of great art and makes people do crazy things. The question is, is he a romantic or a sensible one? If he is a romantic, but tells himself that he is a sensible one, then he’ll be in big trouble. Or if he meets someone along the way who makes him feel like a romantic. They could also very well have a very strong and stable marriage; the soul consuming love stories tend to burn brightly before dying an agonising death.

        I look at his situation with detachment, as I have no feelings towards him, but I can very well understand how frustrating it would be for someone who would really like him. If he was my friend, I would ask him if he was sure about what he’s doing.

      • anon says:

        These two seem not to be able to get through a couple of hours being together at a public event without a fight (imagine how things might be behind the doors) and people assume they would manage to get through a week of marriage. Seriously they would kill each other during the wedding reception.

      • moodgirl says:

        I am FASCINATED that he would even consider marrying because:

        1. They probably went on a few dates before she got pregnant. I just can’t see establishing anything with anyone after a few dates except how to split the check.
        2. They can’t get along. Ever. They always appear to be angry or have an ongoing argument or just can’t stand each other. She has a terrible attitude, is blatantly disrespectful and has no problem dragging their business out in the street for all to see. (Which makes me believe she or her side is the source of the leaks.)

        She acts like she is already married to him and can do what she wants. He should snatch that ring off her finger and call an attorney. Please.

    • tsmiv2 says:

      @wonderbunny I think his friends have been asking him if he’s sure. Those weird quotes about “the only support I need is TWILTWIPT” was for real life people who have been asking him. Everything he has said about it smacks of trying to convince himself, his friends. and his family. Those quotes were not for reporters or fans, he was just repeating the arguments he had already made to the people who actually matter.

      • Wonderbunny says:

        That could very well be the case. It’s hardly uncommon, so quite frankly, it would be more probable that he is rushing into things rather than all of a sudden finding the love of his life.

  20. koko says:

    The dress, finally a yes. The hair, no. I have hopes that someday it will all come together for her though.

  21. scout says:

    Eddie is man this year, Bendy should just accept it and move on.
    Sophie looks great in that dress, but thin face and shoulder blades are sticking out. I was expecting a beautiful pregnancy glow at this stage, not eating for two I see. Trying to fit in a nice wedding gown soon perhaps.

  22. Kiddo says:

    I’m digging this new, ‘someone sat on my head’ hair trend.

    • Lindy79 says:

      HAHAHAHA

      I was calling it the “bobby pinning the bejeesus out of my hair while cleansing my face” style.
      Particularly evident in the second photo

  23. tasha_nat says:

    If I were to base it on the photos alone, I would have been swayed to “maybe they’re loved up” BUT looking at their arrival video, after they get out of the car, he deliberately turns and stares at her, and holds that pose for a few seconds while the flashbulbs are popping. Acting, ladies and gents.

    • Toodles45 says:

      @tasha, I agree, a part of me hoped it was real because you want to see someone you admire happy. Not only when they get out of the car, but when they stopped for the pose cam it was very obvious. He kept turning to look at her and it was clear they weren’t in sync. I’m no anthropologist but something was off. They looked somber in the audience too (and yes, I know they don’t have to smile all the time) There’s one more shot of BC deliberately gazing at her as they come down the stairs, especially after what happened during the show. It just looked odd.

      • Toodles45 says:

        EDIT: sorry guys, typo in my first post. I meant to say the ‘gazing after going down the steps’ looked odd *especially after what happened during the show.

      • Nonnie says:

        I agree, he was very insistent in showing everyone (=the press): here, I’m looking at her, is that what you wanted??

    • Renee says:

      It all looks like an act, deliberately on his part, to sell some type of love story between them. They have no natural chemistry so now he’s trying to fake it. It took him all this time to act like he cares, hence the “loved up” pics (complete with her wearing his jacket).

      Look, I’ll always side-eye these two. There is something not quite right about them. Maybe he’s trying to sell it for the sake of their child, but it just seems like a farce to me.

  24. Lara says:

    i don’t follow either one, but she looks like his older sister, and i wont believe they are not related or that she’s younger than him until i see each one’s ID.

  25. Felice says:

    Just saying about the photos of her with his jacket. Her bump would stick out more if she were 5 months along.

    • gg says:

      where are photos of her with his jacket? Was she at the afterparty?

      • Felice says:

        There’s some debate on whether she was. There’s some pics of them leaving. go on ucbutudonotobserve on tumblr

    • nell says:

      Not necessarily. The gown hides it and in recent photos where we can see it, she looks around 5 months to me. She will probably “pop” in the next month or so. For a first-time mother it isn’t unusual to not show much till around 6 months; that was definitely true for me and I was varying twins.

  26. alice says:

    Can the term “loved up” please be retired?? It’s gag inducing.

  27. Nonnie says:

    It was very deliberate. He was like, pay attention, I am LOOKING at her, and SMILING, and now again, here, you’ve got what you asked. Whareas she looked past him: ok, I will smile, but be prepared, I will have face cramps tomorrow.

  28. Sunflower says:

    You know, if they had acted this way right from the beginning, I don’t think there would have been so much questioning. But now, no matter what they do, it’s too little too late. I laughed when I saw the pic of her wearing his jacket. It’s like they’re trying to tick off all the “happy couple” boxes. I will be forever side-eying this relationship, no matter what happens.

  29. Crocuta says:

    Darnit, on pics where they’re looking at each other they DO look too much alike. You guys have pointed that out several times but I never cared enough to check it out. Now it cannot be unseen. Which makes me wonder: How narcissistic do you have to be to pick your mirror-image (look-wise, ffs) for your partner?

  30. InvaderTak says:

    I dunno. Maybe she’s not the most warm or kind person in the world, so what? I honestly don’t think BC is either. He’s nice enough but very reserved and kinda self centered, and she is too. I’m starting to feel sorry for her. She could just be overwhelmed with being part of an Oscar campaign for someone trying really desperately for a list status in Hollywood on top of being preg. Ben himself isn’t helping much. He hasn’t seemed to be concerned with her wellbeing or keeping her from being publically embarrassed.I’m not saying her actions are perfect, she strikes me as having a temper, but she has a lot on her plate too. I just can’t see her being a supreme manipulator when BC has been at this for so long and there’s a massive pr machine behind him. I think she got more than she bargained for and it’s showing. I understand BC being upset that this didn’t turn put the way he wanted it to, but he made his bed and he now should be dealing with it like an adult, and he’s not. He’s acting like a fame hungry actor and a child. I have finally gotten to the point where I feel bad for her (regardless of her issues, but acknowledge that they’re there) and kinda despise him for his behavior. Neither of them look good, but it’s fair to expect more from BC than her. I think people treat him like a victim when he’s shouldn’t be. He’s supposed to be an adult and take responsibility but doesn’t seem to be. I can’t blame her for being upset about that, no matter what the circumstances. Her baby daddy should be the one person on earth she should be able to depend on to draw support from right now and I’m don’t see any of that from him. Shared blame for this mess, yes, but I’m putting more on him right now than her

    • MtnRunner says:

      Well said, InvaderTak. Even if the perception that she’s cold and snooty is true, she’s got a lot to deal with and little to no support from Ben, which is unfortunate for her. She has two “kids” to deal with at this point.

      For people to assume that she’s going to spend all his money, and put the kid with nannies and ship them off to boarding school is unfair. No one here knows her and what kind of mother she will be.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Something else just occurrd to me; what if her perceived controlling nature might be a reaction against his and his people’s? Who has the real power here? He does. The fame, the publicists, the money etc is his. She has never spoken to the press herself. HIS people say she’s shy. But she spoke to someone in the press when she was with that artist, so that’s not entirely true. Has any of the press even tried to ask her anything on a RC? How she feels, is she excited etc? At the fashion show? Did anyone even report someone trying to ask her a few fluffy questions? The daily fail or people or someone ran quotes from Anna W talking about her, but they didn’t have any quotes from her personally. She was sitting RIGHT NEXT TO AW. Preg celebrity ladies get asked all kinds of idiotic things, but never her. And if she’s such an obvious fame hungry monster why wouldn’t she be yakking her head off about it? Benedict’s publicity team is the only explaination for all of that for me. Who is really in control here? He/his team won’t even let her speak? Disgusting. No wonder she’s angry on RCs. I would be too. Shes being treated like a set prop.

      • j says:

        um lol they tried to talking to her at the Es awards but she walked away, saying “ask him” or something.

        they did have a quote directly from her about wintour too.

        this matches previous behavior, she said did not want people thinking she was riding on that famous artist’s coattails she was dating so she stayed to herself at his press exhibits. she did do more interviews back then, but not so much over the last 4 years, so before bc.

        honestly like wow you are really running away on the speculation train here. like i don’t think shes a powerless damsel in distress, and i kinda like her, so…

      • MtnRunner says:

        True that. With an SO in the public eye, constantly being watching and scrutinized, a celeb who is VERY concerned with public perception AND trying to win over awards voters, her feelings and well-being will be lost in the mess of competing interests. She is useful only in helping him in his career. Since the unplanned pregnancy and shotgun engagement didn’t produce the awards he was hoping for, I can’t say I’m surprised that he hasn’t acted more loving and caring towards her. Like you said, she’s just a prop. Not his best friend, his rock, the most important person in the world to him. It’s really sad to watch.

      • Kaylie says:

        Just noting it doesn’t benefit his campaign to not have her speak but is a hindrance. That’s likely not his people’s (well, Weinstein’s really) doing. When you’re selling a romance, it’s better to have both parties talk. More believable.

        It does not appear she’s given an interview since 2012 despite having opportunities to do so and did express discomfort in a few of the ones I’ve now seen people link to. To add to the speculation, I believe she simply hates his lifestyle based on past things she’s said.

      • **sighs** says:

        But they’ve never seemed loving with each other. Ever. Even before the baby. I blame both of them. Why are they still together when there’s never been a shred of intimacy, affection, caring or even remote interest? There’s obviously something in it for both of them, or they would’ve walked away from the situation before it got this far.

      • An says:

        Oh good lord. No one has any idea whether she’s a prop or who is treating who poorly.

      • tsmiv2 says:

        “hates his lifestyle” If that is true, why was she dating him in the first place? Did either of them really believe she could stay hidden forever? Let’s say she didn’t get pregnant but they got engaged and then married, was their plan to lie and hide for all eternity? Why would either of them (but especially her) want to live like that?

      • Kaylie says:

        –tsmiv2: That’s my guess from what I’ve read.

        I have a feeling it’s simple, as in maybe they had a non-serious fling, she got pregnant, and they were both in a bind. Who wants to be ‘Secret Baby Mama Revealed’ in the press?

        So they talked and felt or were told this was the best way to keep themselves above water and not leave something embarrassing for their future 12 year old to find on Google. But since they appear to be different personality-wise, they’re struggling in the unforgiving arena of public life.

      • tsmiv2 says:

        “I have a feeling it’s simple, as in maybe they had a non-serious fling, she got pregnant, and they were both in a bind.”

        I agree with that, just not sure she hates his lifestyle. All of friends are London and New York socialtes so their lifestyles are not so different from his. However, I don’t see her enjoying Marvel or things like Comic Cons.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Edit – This belongs below.

        Wow. The misinterpretations of what I wrote are quite interesting. I said nothing about her CV, tying anyone to railroad tracks, power balances, or damsels in distress, nor do I care. I believe she is exactly what he was raised to look for in a mate – a posh girl from the peerage. They equally got themselves into whatever they are in; they chose not to use a condom. My point is that he is used to being the center of attention and getting what he wants, has been since birth, and that isn’t happening as far as the awards season and probably not in his personal life either, because people are going to pay more attention to the pregnant person than they do to the person who got her pregnant and neither of them are handling it well. ( Once the baby comes, that’s where the attention will go.)

        And this somehow landed in the wrong place; it belongs below.

      • Kaylie says:

        -tsmiv2: Oops, my fault, by lifestyle I mean the whole famous (in the UK) actor thing. Press and the whole nine.

    • An says:

      I don’t “blame” either one of them because I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes for real no matter how hard people speculate.

      Because of that, you can flip this around eight ways to Sunday.

    • Platospopcorn says:

      I’m on this train, actually. It’s true that NONE of us know what’s possibly going on behind the scenes, but I would not be surprised if there’s a bit of him blaming her for his disastrous PR campaign going on. He may not be articulating it directly, but that resentment can come out in other ways. He’s always struck me as more than a bit entitled, so I’m guessing he thinks he is owed every acting trophy, so no doubt he’s looking for a scapegoat. She may be dealing with a petulant baby daddy, and if she’s used to being coddled herself…Friction is bound to exist.

      All rampant speculation and tons of projection, of course, but then most comments in these threads are, so this is just my take.

    • KT says:

      This is very presumptuous, at least in my opinion. You would have to know private details about their relationship, its dynamics, agreements they’ve made and so on to say she isn’t getting the support she wants or is overwhelmed.

      (And, of course, pieces don’t fit. His campaign is over, so no need to go the BAFTAs, and there was never any need for her to go to a fashion show by herself.)

      • InvaderTak says:

        Lots of assumptions, yes but he seems totally unaffected by her unless she’s doing something wrong, or people start criticizing them. That’s telling to me. And there was no reason to trot her out anywhere this awards season except for his campaign. And I think the fashion show was orchestrated. I still can’t find a direct quote from her while she was there. (See my point above) why won’t she talk to the press? Told not to is my guess.

      • KT says:

        “Seems” is the operative word; that’s my point. We have no idea what they do, their relationship particulars, why they do it nor do we see every single thing. In the grand scheme of things, we see very little, actually. And unless he is holding a gun to her head, she’s willingly showing up at events.

        Like Platospopcorn said, we are all speculating, but once it becomes assertions of fact, it’s easy to push everything around to suit the narrative you favor.

      • InvaderTak says:

        @kt: yes this is all my personal theory and speculation. Very true. My basic point is I don’t think she has much power over anything for real and I’m very over feeling sorry for BC in this scenario. I don’t think either of them are innocent, but I think she’s more manipulated than others are saying. I think there should be more ire directed at him/his team than her directly. And yeah we can sit on the board and spin everything six ways to Sunday. Makes it interesting.

      • **sighs** says:

        And, she could’ve have said no to the engagement. If he was so horrible to her, why did she agree to marry him? She doesn’t seem to hurt for money ( though I know she isn’t earning it from her artistic endeavors). It’s 2015. She doesn’t have to marry him to raise a baby. She’s never seemed to have any chemistry with him, even from the beginning. So why say yes? There’s obviously something in it for her. She could walk away at any time. He would still have to support the baby financially.

      • Sunflower says:

        I agree with InvaderTak that it takes two to tango. My side-eying her is really more of a side-eye to the relationship in general. I don’t agree though, as someone else said, he feels he is owed every actor trophy. He seems much more calm now that he knows he’s not going to win any awards for TIG and this showmance is going to be over soon.

      • Luca76 says:

        This there is a lot of projection and unfair judgement being launched at this rather milquetoast couple.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @InvaderTek, I’ve stayed out of the fray on this for several reasons, mostly because I don’t care and I’m just here for the beverages, but yes, I agree with your assessment. He has always struck me as an extremely self-centered man (most actors are, he’s not alone there) to the point of claiming to be an “only child” when he isn’t, and a bit haughty and out-of-touch. When his hopes for awards glory for The Fifth Estate went down in flames and a horrible movie, he switched full gear into PR for TIG with the implications that he DESERVED an Oscar for it. The Oscar was HIS and so would be every other award. But all that went terribly wrong for him, didn’t it? His campaign season, which began with that obnoxious, yes I said it, that obnoxious photo-bombing of U2 has consisted of interrupting and upstaging other actors, including talking over Eddie Redmayne and answering questions directed to Eddie during an actors roundtable, as if Eddie couldn’t speak for himself, to the point Keaton, Spall, and Hawke were side-eying him, and totally hi-jacking an Allan Leech interview, as if Allan had nothing to talk about but BC (Hello, Downton Abbey’s new season?). His behavior at the Evening Standard awards was also borderline obnoxious – he wasn’t nominated for anything and during interviews failed to mention anyone who was – it was all about him and he and Sophie upstaged not only those who were nominated but those who won. He should have stayed home. The look on his face at the Golden Globes when Redmayne won said it all. He had never conceived that he would lose or that anyone else might win. That was just not a possible scenario in his mind. He has to be taking that out on everyone around him and she being closest would bear the brunt of it. Add the baby into the mix, and he must be beside himself. Put a pregnant woman anywhere and the focus immediately shifts to the pregnant woman, not on the guy who has been the center of attention his whole life. Even his mother is probably fussing over pregnant Sophie. Both his personal and professional lives now have focus elsewhere and he is probably insufferable about it.

      As for interviews at the Evening Standard awards, she should not have been answering interview questions, what did she have to contribute, and he should have limited his talking to how excited he was for the nominees. As it was, they upstaged the nominees and it was bad form. The front page of all the London papers the next day should have featured Gillian Andersen, not Sophie Hunter.

      And I’m sorry but I don’t believe you can judge a person or a relationship by a few glimpses on a red carpet – it is so artificial.

      • Platospopcorn says:

        Yes, yes, yes! All of this…with evidence to support it. I agree. Still speculation, but very, very plausible.

      • Toodles45 says:

        @Lilacflowers, I agree. I’ve said it on other threads before where people were discussing BC and SH as to why I hesitate to completely vilify SH or look at BC as a victim. He’s a grown man and he absolutely needs to lie in his bed. He has his good moments but there are times where he acts/sounds incredibly vain, like the LA times interview. We all saw the clip and the odd behavior, but I tried to rationalize it and understand that he also has his ***hole moments. Being pregnant, having your every move analyzed, RC posing and flashing lights/cameras could wear on anyone. But I think they both have issues (and both seem entitled).

        I don’t remember BC talking over Eddie at the roundtable though. How very rude of him.

      • **sighs** says:

        I think they both have raging issues, and being together probably amplifies them. Seems like a toxic relationship. Hopefully it ends soon, for both their sakes. And hope the baby will be loved regardless of their own issues.

      • Kat says:

        No, I’ve got issue with people trying to paint him as a bad guy here. I’m not trying to woobifying him and nor do I think he’s perfect..of course not. We’re all dicks sometimes, but I’ve not seen anything from her that suggests she’s nervous or that he’s in charge. ..in fact, quite the contrary. Since the beginning, I’ve seen her direct him with her arm, walk ahead confidently etc..
        Whatever their relationship, I’m pretty sure nobody has a gun to her head. She wants to be on the red carpets and she can make her choices. I’m assuming she chose to wear a dress that highlighted her pregnancy at PIFF, I’m assuming she chose to be Wintour’s guest at Valentino and she was absolutely there to be seen.
        I see some bratty and stroppy behaviour at times and that’s just unprofessional and unfair to a man she is supposed to love. Whatever issues she has with him, she shouldn’t play it out in public.
        I didn’t see him shooting nasty looks to her in the audience last night .. I saw him looking hurt and not reacting.
        I’m not trying to paint her as a villian, but I am very uncomfortable with people trying to do so with him.

      • An says:

        I just gotta say he’s absolutely flawed but that reads like he’s a cartoon character. I don’t know if I would be able to make that in-depth analysis of someone I causally know let alone a complete stranger. But fair enough, we’re all entitled to our opinions.

        There are gaping logic holes on this entire side-discussion. If he’s that self-centered, why put Sophie in there to begin with? Because he’s that awards-hungry yet somehow not awards-hungry enough to stop signing for projects that conflicted with campaigning? What magic leverage does he have on Sophie to make her appear on red carpets? The list goes on.

      • Kaylie says:

        @Kat: What, you missed that photo of him tying Sophie to the train tracks? :)

        Seriously, he’s definitely got his issues but I wouldn’t go this far myself. Granted I don’t mind him, and some of this seems colored by intense personal dislike. Or something. I honestly don’t know, he seems to be followed closely by people who don’t like him at all (?) Apologies if I’ve got it wrong.

        Anyway, I agree there’s nothing that would force Sophie on the red carpet. She doesn’t need his money and isn’t part of the same scene, so his publicists wouldn’t mean boo to her. If anything, she’s got the leverage viz his image, his baby. I noticed on past threads that people felt his behavior with her was completely different from past relationships, which strongly suggests they’re on her terms in public.

      • **sighs** says:

        Agree with the 2 above. Nobody here thinks he is a unicorn Prince. I absolutely think he can be an arrogant twat and is a crazy workaholic. I don’t think that means she is an innocent pawn in all of this. Nobody is holding a gun to her head and she doesn’t have a reputation to uphold so no reason for her to stick around if she doesn’t want to. She’s been the one, who, up until last night seemed smug and smirking.
        I just don’t think you can blame one or the other. I think they’re both responsible for whatever the heck this mess is.

      • Green Eyes says:

        I agree with you, Lilac, 1000%. I think that Benedict suffers from Prince Charles Syndrome circa 1982. Remember when Charles – who up to that point was the knight-in-shining-armor with the press and the public – had to relinquish the spotlight to Diana? I know that there were other issues going on but I really think that Diana’s surge in popularity really got in Charles’ craw and was a big downfall in their relationship.

      • MtnRunner says:

        Lilac, HELL YES TO INFINITY to all this.

      • J says:

        except he became 100% more happy once he was out of the race, and his people polishing her cv, a popular theory here, makes no sense if he didnt want her to have attention

        i just ?? some good criticisms in here but mixed with nonsense and exaggeration

      • Ms.LadyMadame says:

        J Says, he had no choice but to polish up her CV. Otherwise it would be obvious that he knocked up some amateur “artist” and was marrying her. No, she has to be “worthy” of him, or at least appear to be.

        …The CV thing actually gives credence to Lilac’s theory even more so for me. Ben wouldn’t want to appear to date someone beneath him, would he? But at the same time, he doesn’t want her to seem *too* talented because then attention wouldn’t be all over him. The solution? Get his PR people on her CV. Control her story.

        And so we get an inflated CV (because she was never talented) that indicates she will probably never achieve his level of greatness. Oh no, she’ll quietly resign to motherhood and do some side project so as not to overshadow him. That is her story.

      • J says:

        it makes less sense, Ms.LadyMadame, in the context of him being so self-centered he can’t stand not being the center of attention. last thing you’d do is big her up. or hey, introduce her into the campaign to begin with b/c you know that will draw attention off of you. you definitely don’t keep her out there once it became obvious he was out of the race, which happened weeks ago

        also, him being clearly in much better spirits now makes zero sense

      • anon121 says:

        @Lilacflowers-I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. The interview interruption/takeover thing is not new, however so I don’t think it’s due to awards season. Check out the interview with Tom Hardy for Stuart A Life Backwards. He spots Tom, wanders over and sits down and proceeds to take over the interview. Tom leaves. He keeps talking to the interviewer. Also-he’s unprepared so his answers ramble.

        I have a theory about why this happens-possibly stupid-but here goes. Ben has stated that he has ADHD. As someone who grew up in a family rife with ADD (and having it myself) conversations can be difficult when people just jump in and take over. The filter just isn’t there. I personally have to be careful that I don’t bomb a conversation every day. Sometimes it’s easier if I don’t engage at all. And I’m 58. So think that may be at least part of the issue?

        I agree about TFE. I think its failure really affected him. And I think his campaign for TIG was as much, ultimately, about Box Office as the award. Now that it’s doing so well he can relax. He’s established his leading man credentials.

      • An says:

        @anon121,

        That’s not stupid at all. I didn’t think the interview takeover thing was all about him being self-centered myself based on my own observations. He also has clear nervous tics and does, in fact, ramble.

  31. Ree says:

    YES!!VERY MUCH!! Did you guys get your baby shower invites. I got my eVite. Had to check my spam folder though.. Complimentary cupcakes are available for each reply

  32. MtnRunner says:

    Delete. Wrong place.

  33. MJ says:

    I love this look on Sophie. She looks so elegant.

  34. Piper says:

    That’s not him gazing lovingly. That’s him looking at her. SH looked tired, worn and a little bit angry. 15 minutes nearly up with the AA’s looming ever closer.

  35. noneyadambus says:

    If you haven’t seen it yet there’s a slow down gif of the hand holding/grabbing but the front end on SoGo. You can sort of see what they are saying to each other. It’s not “Gods all Bless.”

    • Claire. says:

      What do you think they’re saying?

      • Felice says:

        Some think it’s “You’ll pay for this” but who knows? She’s not that stupid. Then again, she went from 12 to 70 weeks in 10 days.

        I’m not on either side of the fake or real pregnancy but if she is really pregnant, she’s really trying to keep people guessing how far along she is or she’s really ashamed about it. Doesn’t she know in the 21st century pregnancy is beautiful and should be shown off?

        I’m also someone who thinks that Beyonce didn’t want to admit she used surrogate. Blue is definitely her genes which is why I call surrogate unless she also tried to play up how big she was.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “Doesn’t she know in the 21st century pregnancy is beautiful and should be shown off?” Do you think you’re speaking for every pregnant tween, teen, and woman on the planet?

        You’re implying somehow that she doesn’t want this child because she isn’t wearing a skin-tight see-through bodystocking in public?

      • Felice says:

        I should’ve been more clear that I was being snarky but I understand that my comments may have gone too far. That can happen on the internet with me unfortunately. She can wear what she wants.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Felice, I’m one of those people who has trouble perceiving sarcasm and snark online – thanks for clarifying!

    • anon121 says:

      Wow! Didn’t realize THAT gift was the front side of arm-gate. There’s some weird dynamic going on there!

  36. RobN says:

    Funny how people seem to think that it’s just this couple that puts on the loved up look for the cameras. It’s weird and unnatural to do the arm around each other, lean in and kiss thing in front of a crowd of people, but they all do it, Brad and AJ do it, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson do it, Ellen and Portia do it, Aniston and Justin whatshisname do it. Do some do it better than others? Yes. Do some look more forced than others? Yes.

    In real life, people do not stand around and gaze adoringly at each other. Judging a couple based on how well they fake this moment for the cameras makes no sense.

    • Kat says:

      All of those people have not had the weird, cold and manufactured history of BC and SH.
      This is forced in comparison to everything that’s gone before it.
      True warmth can’t be faked.

      And this is just the point – people aren’t just judging on how they fake a moment for the camera, it’s what goes on around it and what’s preceded it that counts.

      • RobN says:

        Just calling it weird, cold and manufactured is my point. All we see is what is public; we don’t see them alone together, we didn’t see their first date, we don’t see what they’re like when they’re just with friends and there’s no camera around. But people make judgments anyway.

        Lots of couples who put off a nice warm glow end up divorced and the public acts all surprised. Awww, they were such a nice couple, awww, they were one of my favorite couples, awww, they always looked so happy. All that matters is what they’re like when it’s just the two of them, and, despite thinking you know what that is, you just don’t.

      • Kat says:

        It’s not just about perceiving how they are on a red carpet…there’s more to it..it’s the handling of everything around this relationship.
        We certainly saw one of their first dates, thanks to a high profile sports outing. ..
        This isn’t a case of viewing how he smiles around her in one photo – this has built up over a period of time. One’s general demeanour and warmth around a person can be judged and over the last four or so months this has looked very strange.
        It’s unfair to say people on judging on nothing because they’re really not. Nobody is pretending to know for sure how anyone feels, but there’s more than a blind judgement based on red carpet photos going on.

    • Sunflower says:

      I have to say, this is the first relationship like this I’ve followed, and I feel like I’ll never believe anything that comes out of Hollyweird again. Having said that, it’s not about looking loved up, it’s about how they look even when they’re not trying to look loved up. They seem like they can’t stand each other.

    • hermi says:

      Well, I know no one believed me, but I saw them on a date (if theatre can be considered a date still) and they looked anything but loved up. She was as cold as you see her on RC. And it was mid-July so not much before she got pregnant. If they had told me that night these two were gonna be engaged in a few months, I would have laughed in their faces.

      • WMarie says:

        Hmm, Hermi, I’d like to hear more about this. Was this the night that they were supposedly arguing?

    • hermi says:

      @WMarie They weren’t arguing, but they looked just like friends, except he tried to put an arm around her shoulders and she didn’t like it. He left it there for a few seconds, she didn’t reciprocate, went all stiff (like she does, as we have seen), he removed it. But to me the overall body language said: 1) what little interest there was, it was more on his part than hers 2) they did not smile or touch once (except for the above mentioned arm around shoulder thing). We saw them talk, then walk to the Waterloo tube station, than talk some more and they both looked like friends, and not the Ben/Tom type either, if you get my drift.
      It’s just so odd to think that one month later (or thereabouts) she got pregnant with his child.

      • moodgirl says:

        Maybe he saw her as a challenge. He couldn’t believe she was turning away his advances, not realizing that she was probably playing that old hard to get game. Too bad she quit playing as now he can’t get rid of her.

  37. Madly says:

    When it comes to a baby in the cards, I hope these two can work together and have some kind of respectful relationship regardless what it may look like to the outside world. I can get the weirdness during the campaign season and how the pr cogs work and how some things are beyond his control, but afterwards, the needs of the baby had better be put before these two selfish idiots.

  38. Santolina says:

    Sophie’s sharp features would be better served by a softer updo, like a French twist with side-swept bangs.

    I liked her better as an edgy, avant-garde artist BEFORE the Galliano, an unfortunate misstep.

  39. What'sUp says:

    Just saw that death glare stare during one of the speeches when the camera was focused on Keira – and it caught the two of them behind her. That was not one happy couple. He seemed to know the cameras were on and just stayed stoney, and she just threw one massive strop without knowing they were there.

    Why isn’t that getting more attention? It seems to really show how much trouble there is in paradise. Whether it is an oopsie first date baby or not, those two do not seem happy or trying to be happy for the sake of the kid, perhaps for a sake of a business arrangement only?

    • Felice says:

      It will happen. The ‘trouble in paradise’ stories will probably happen soon. Perez already threw shade about how her bump looked. Even if the stories aren’t true, trouble in paradise stories happen every week with celebrities.

      • What'sUp says:

        Oh really? I didn’t know that! I kind of feel bad for them on one hand, but then on the other hand, they’re adults, and if they don’t like each other, why pretend? It just does more harm than good in the end, and makes them both look like fools when things like the BAFTAs happen.

      • Claire. says:

        Fingers crossed, felice. Also what did ph say?

      • Felice says:

        Perez said something along the lines of “We can’t see the bump. We know it’s there!”

        I really don’t like him though lol and I was curious why he plays so nice with her even though he’s really thirsty for BC.

    • Claire. says:

      @whatsup yup like I said, he kept it professional. I wonder why it’s not getting attention either. Someone on tumblr said something about sending all her tantrum gifs to the metro.
      Absolutely love the cameraman accidentally put her nastiness on display.

      • moodgirl says:

        Accidentally? As much as these two argue in public the camera operators probably expect a dust up. Maybe they were arguing and the cameraman deliberately caught them. That would explain the odd look on KK’s face.

  40. kri says:

    So I’m pretty much grossed out by My own thought which is…could I bang a la Flowers In The Attic style my own lookalike?! u mm nope.

  41. Hexentanz says:

    I just compared the pics from the airport in London when they came back from the Palm Springs FF with the pics from last night. She looked like she aged 10 years in the matter of a few weeks. That hairdo last night made her look so harsh. No happy, pregnant, glowy look. She looked very tense and uptight last night. KK is beaming.
    The rigid fabric of the dress was horrible, reminded me of construction paper. It should have been more flowy and soft. To wear Galliano after what he said shows complete ignorance. Wintour and him are a good match. To call a women with the same Prince Valiant hairdo for the last 100 years the Goddess of fashion is a joke in itself. Shows what “fashion” really means.

    • tsmiv2 says:

      If Wintour helped her pick that dress, then I really wonder which side Anna is on? LOL! I think part of her pissed off demour last night was her realizing that dress was a bad choice.

  42. Sixer says:

    Well, I just logged into Twitter only to see Sherlocked and Benedict trending. Couldn’t resist looking. Everyone’s neck needs winding in cos VIP tickets for the convention are £3,000.

    Oh, deary, deary, deary me. I can’t stop laughing.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Well, I suppose it is good to know there are people in this world with truly disposable income.

      • What'sUp says:

        That’s like two months of rent, and I live in Hampstead so I probably pay more than most! How can people afford that?! Don’t they have rent to pay, bills, food to buy?

    • Kat says:

      You are sh–ting me? Who the hell is going to profit from that? Too much to hope they’re going to donate something to charity I suppose?

    • Felice says:

      He better open mouth kiss them at that price.

    • lindy79 says:

      Maybe that’s the package Sophies on…

      In all seriousness, that’s disgusting. Anyone who pays that knowing he probably hates you and the whole thing needs a psych evaluation. If you have that to spare give it to a fucking charity not this nitwit. £595 just for the guarantee of an autograph… christ on a penny farthing…

      • An says:

        I would never go to a con, but the VIP ones appear to be for access to everyone there, talks, a guided tour, photos, autos, merch, food and booze. It’s in line with con prices here.

        Looks if you wanted to go for a day and meet an actor/show runner, it’s less than £100.

      • lindy79 says:

        Not really AN. Everything is extra once you’re in on the basic tickets and they say photos and autographs *MAY* be available for £45 on the day which is them covering themselves for when it doesn’t happen.
        The silver package for £125 says
        “5 pre-assigned individual Photo Shoots with guests selected by the event organisers ”
        I guarandamntee you Ben will not be one of the 5. Guest are not just actors.

        and they say if you want an autograph with Ben you need Platinum or VIP package. Lets be honest here, Ben is the big draw here and they know it.

      • J says:

        yeah you can go for a day and get a photo with him for like £70. that is cheap, well at least compared to the us (ie it’s 1/3 what the supernatural lead guys charge each for a photo)

        the in person auto thing is probably because that’s a feature in the 2 higher packages for every guest there

      • Clucky says:

        “Anyone who pays that knowing he probably hates you and the whole thing needs a psych evaluation.”

        + infinity.

      • An says:

        @Lindy79: They’re saying the photos with BC are £45 and definitely happening. At least on Twitter, but it’s bracketed in on the website now as well.

        IA BC is the big draw; the way they structured the packages is wonky. Like, okay, if you’re guaranteeing 2 in-person autos from every guest there on the VIP one and 1 in-person auto on the Platinum one, even if you’re only selling 500 VIP deals and 1,000 Platinum, that would mean like 2,000 potential signings for just hime? Which is fine if he’s going to do the whole thing but not if his time is limited. Christ, I hope that makes sense.

    • tie pin says:

      The twitter parody is glorious!

      https://twitter.com/Sher1ockedEvent

      Absolutely ridiculous prices and yet there’s always people willing and able to pay, so nothing changes. The VIP packs are already sold out, apparently. Now let’s just hope for their sake/sanity Benedict doesn’t drop out. ;)

      • lindy79 says:

        Also…isn’t that the weekend of the London Marathon?
        Finding a hotel for the weekend (because i bet guests wont be confirmed for each day until last minute) will be a doddle and public transport will be a joy..

      • J says:

        tbh that parody account seems to be genuinely confusing some people who are just looking for info

        plus im not necessarily an abbington fan but like some of that stuff she’s getting tagged in there is really rude

    • KT says:

      If general admin is £25 and the general photo prices are as low as I’ve heard, the higher packages are shouldering that cost. It’s literally impossible to have the bulk of the tickets be that low and cover the expenses of a con this size with multiple appearance fees.

      That’s well and dandy what most cons do, but this was announced too late.

  43. hermi says:

    Regardless of what we think about SH (I don’t like her), seriously, how lucky is this woman???
    Spent most her life doing nothing, doesn’t even make an effort at looking good (before RCs she dressed like a flowery couch) and without batting as much of an eye, bags one of the most coveted bachelors in the world.
    And for people saying she’s not clever? Well, she must be doing something right!

    • Olenna says:

      Amen.

    • anon says:

      If you want a pointless life – then she is lucky, I guess. if you look at the reactions she gets from people – she is mostly disliked (except her friends and family). She hasn’t done anything special (well anything at all) with loads of good she got in her life. Idk but that is not luck in my book, it is wasting your live.

      And as much as she and her family want this marriage to happen – I don’t see it. He is not that stupid.

      • hermi says:

        I’ll never understand why people think that if you are not working you are wasting your life. I think it must be the American utilitarian way of thinking. Personally, I find that spending 30+ years tied to a desk 40+ hours a week is much more meaningless. We do it because we need to eat.
        We are not our jobs. And people who are their jobs, are the saddest people in the world.
        I don’t care about SH, but I think that if she managed to do what she likes for most of her life, she’s very very lucky. As for people not liking her, it’s character related, it wouldn’t change if she were a slave to the wage.

      • anon says:

        lol, I hope you know yourself well enough to choose a profession that would make you happy (it’s at least 1/3 of you life). If someone is happy working behind the desk all their life, that’s ok. And if someone is a happy cook, that is ok … etc … as long as they are happy and feel fulfilled. She obviously wasn’t happy since she is so obviously craving attention, designer clothes, fashion shows … and couldn’t get them on her own. You do understand there is no underlying love story, she was a hired RC GF. if she was happy with her life successes what was white washing her CV for? Why AGAIN lying about her future projects? She was a hired GF with several hidden agendas, one of them was advancing her recognition. Her PR is comparing her to Amal? WTF? She is already miserable now, imagine how it will be when she is elder. Pointless life doesn’t make fun enjoyable because there is nothing substantial to fuel every day life. That fun you see is just an escape from what their real life is.

      • Claire. says:

        I’m surprised the WWD lie hasn’t gained traction. She’s using that festival to make her sound like she’s working when she’s not. They should force WWD – or someone should – to retract

      • hermi says:

        @anon It’s not like we all have the choice to choose a profession we love. Seriously, how old are you? 12? The world is full of people who studied something they loved and are forced to work in jobs they hate just to support themselves. Meaning has little to do with work. You can find meaning in volunteering, in creating beautiful art, in spiritual pursuits.
        Anyway, we don’t know if she’s miserable, maybe she just likes to act snobby to attract like minded people (yes, I’m talking about you Ben).

      • moodgirl says:

        Based on the behavior I have observed since first seeing her, this woman has a few problems.

  44. Silly goose says:

    Money can buy you anything but happily. My mum’s friend was a single mum and seemed to hit the jackpot when she married a guy with a good job and a big house. A dream come true – not. He constantly reminded her whose money it was whenever she had a different opinion to him and he always treated her like second class person, who he rescued. She only stayed with him to give her daughter a good education. So I do envy Sophie. Or Ben.
    I think they will have an open marriage with affairs on both side. They will meet up for public appearances and put on a show -at least for a couple of years. Sad.

    • hermi says:

      BC does not seem the type for an open marriage. He’ s very old fashioned. He’s the typical cancerian male, all mummy and family. He will settle down and stay that way, if it’s up to him.
      As for her, she was used to being on a permanent holiday, often with various male friends. Time will tell, but I think it will be SH who bails out of the relationship.
      ps I envy her very much, and not only because of Ben. I envy anyone whose life is a permanent holiday. :)

      • tsmiv2 says:

        Nah, he’ll have a side piece and she will, too. And I’d bet his side piece would be someone his fanbase would like more than baby mama!
        I agree with you about all she does is permanent holiday and hang out with rich snobs who apparently fund her lifestyle. That’s why I don’t buy the shy flower crap. Shy flowers are not comfortable shmoozing up rich elites for money.

      • hermi says:

        OK, let’ s call it then. I say he’s not a cheater and too much of a gentleman for that. A bit of an idiot maybe, but still a gentleman.
        As for her, she will get bored.

      • Alice says:

        I agree with tsmiv. He’ll have it thrown at him on film sets and theatre dressing rooms and if he is actually married to the ice princess, he won’t turn it down.

        I still can’t see him marrying her. I mean, how much of a masochist is he? Is he full of self loathing and she is how he punishes himself?

      • Claire. says:

        I asked this last thread: is he the kind that loves drama and chaos in his life even if unconsciously? If not I don’t get why he’s with her let alone will marry her

      • moodgirl says:

        Sophie never seems to let up on the bs; she always has some crap going. If she behaves this poorly in public I can imagine how she is to live with on a day to day basis. Even the nicest man with the patience of a saint would tire of that. That face she shot him and the nastiness in moving his arm away would have me calling my attorney, screw it, I couldn’t take it.

      • tsmiv2 says:

        @Alice “Is he full of self loathing and she is how he punishes himself? ” I think the answer to that is a resounding YES! I’ve thought for long time that part of his pissyness is his anger at himself for getting in this situation.

  45. vauvert says:

    Well, late in the day but here’s a thought I had after looking at some of the BAFTA pics.
    If I were a 36 year old woman, engaged to be married to a loving, successful, handsome and famous actor, expecting our first child together, not having to worry about work, paying my bills or commuting for two hours to a job (which I did when pregnant), and if I had to pose with him on a red carpet, dressed in couture that I could afford, with hair and makeup professionally done, at a business event that meant a lot to him…that pursed mouth look – like I am smelling something bad ALL the time – would NOT be how I would look. Those who want to think they are happy and all is well in Fairyland, go ahead. I obviously do not know either of them, and I wish them and the baby well. Going by the faces she pulls every time we see them together, that will take some doing.

    • hermi says:

      Apparently it has been said that she loathes the whole “RC and crazy fans” shebang, Personally, I think that if she could kill each and every single one of Ben’s fans she would.
      And to her, life has always been sweet, even before BC. She never had to commute, or work, in her life. She is one of the lucky few who can afford to have EVERYTHING without ever managing to look happy about it.

      • vauvert says:

        But if that is true, that she hates his fans, she is not exactly mature or reasonable. The only reason he is rich and famous and a success is due to his fans. take those away and all you have left is a good looking guy with a snobbish attitude who works in banking in the city. Hundreds like him in a suit in any capital of the world. She knew what and who he was from the get go, pulling sour faces on the RC won’t change who he is. If she does not want to face the screaming fans she could always choose to stay home, right? There is no law that says you have to accompany your SO to every work function.
        As far as being privileged all her life, if he can’t even summon a smile at all that good fortune… then sorry but she is one sourpuss and karma can be a bi*ch.

      • hermi says:

        Karma is an invention. Some people are simply lucky and stay that way all their lives.

    • Claire. says:

      She always looks like someone farted in her direction.

  46. Sass back says:

    I just saw The Theory of Everything on my computer the other night and I have to say, Benedict never stood a chance. I always make an effort to see most, if not all, of the Oscar noms and even if I thought Birdman was a much better film overall, if Redmayne doesn’t win Best Actor, he will be robbed. The amount of work that must have gone into that role is astounding and he was remarkable. It doesn’t matter what kind of campaign Benedict ran, you can’t ignore the fact that his movie is far from one of the better movies in the running and so is his role. I was sure before Keaton would get it, but now I’m certain he won’t. I was in tears watching both actors in TToE *and* Birdman; and I think it says something that I have seen Benedict move me in his televised roles and I found him and TIG subpar compared to his other work.

    • tsmiv2 says:

      I agree that all of his TV roles have been better than his movie roles. I did like TIG and him in it; but I don’t even think it’s his best work, let alone the best performance of the year. I thought he really deserved that Emmy for Sherlock, though.

      • hermi says:

        My two cents: his best work is behind him. Now, with all the fame and fortune, he presumes too much of himself. In the Variety face to face with Edward Norton is even hinting at the fact that too much visibility hinders his capacity to do the kind of work that made him famous in the first place. How can we stop the publicists?, he asks. Just do it!

      • KT says:

        I’d go the other way, hermi. The Hamlet ticket holders are probably lucky people.

        Actors who have a bad/meh first Oscar campaign usually come out better for it. It’s a grounding experience that can light an acting fire under their bums.

      • hermi says:

        I am one of them so I hope you are right. Frankly, with so little time to prepare and rehearse, I don’t know.

  47. ANON says:

    The thing that makes me feel the most uncomfortable is that judging by the maths (if correct!-I’m guessing around 6mnths pg, 3months engaged) and what ‘sources’ have said (if true! – that they got engaged right before the newspaper announcement went out), is that he doesn’t seem to have proposed when they first found out she was pregnant, he seems to have proposed once they reached the 12 week mark.

    • alice says:

      He doesn’t seem to want her or the baby. Just waiting to see if it stuck.

      • Claire. says:

        But why not ask for an abortion if he didn’t want it? Unless she refused so she could have her meal ticket.

      • alice says:

        He’s probably resigned himself to the idea of the baby(even though he seems to deflect congrats about it), but hates sharing his genes with the Huntress. And being tied to her, at least tangentially, for 18 years. And she does act like the goose hatching the golden egg, doesn’t she?

    • anon121 says:

      2 words – paternity test

  48. DayandNight says:

    Pregnancy can make women irritated and affect your mood in a negative way. That is what just could have happened.