Allison Janney in Bibhu Mohapatra at the 2018 BAFTAs: weird or regal?

Allison Janney has been hit or miss with her fashion this season, but she’s pretty much sweeping all the awards. Last night at the BAFTAs She won Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, just as she did at the Globes, SAGs and Critics Choice Awards. She’s a shoe-in for the Academy Award, and let’s hope she is using up all her fug gowns at these lesser ceremonies.


Do you remember the kind of awful cut out butterfly-looking gown she wore to the Globes? I’m giving context for how it could be worse. Last night she was in Bibhu Mohapatra, in a very structured black and metallic gown that would not have been out of place at a Star Trek premiere. That’s about the only red carpet where this would be passable though, as it is there’s something very 60s sci fi about it. Imagine the dress without the open capelet. It would be boring but it wouldn’t be as bizarre. She is kind of owning it though and look at that silhouette damn.


Margot Robbie was in Givenchy, in a sleeveless black mock turtleneck gown with cutouts, lace detailing and a subtle silver sequin swirl print. I like how there’s so much detailing on this dress but it somehow doesn’t overwhelm it. Her styling is lacking though. When I’ve tried beachy waves and my hair has ended up like this I’ve either put it back in a pony or given it another blow out. There were a lot of understated makeup looks last night, that seems to be a trend, and she could have used a bolder eye or lip.



Actress Leslie Bibb, winner Sam Rockwell’s wife (I wouldn’t identify her like this in another context, but that’s why she was there), was in Yanina Couture. This looks cheap somehow. I think it’s the cut along with the fact that it looks like a tube top over a striped skirt. Up close you can see the work that must have gone into it, along with the fact that it’s made of amazing sequins and velvet.



Isabelle Huppert, in contrast, looked dashing in this feather and sequin Armani Privé gown. She’s so elegant so consistently but this is still impressive. I love her.



I don’t have a designer ID on Annette Bening’s gown but I love the mesh cap sleeves and bustline. The rows of tassels have got to go though. Annette was nominated for leading actress, for her work in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. It’s based on the true story of a young British actor who fell for American actress Gloria Grahame in the 1970s. Last night’s BAFTAs red carpet was actually the first time I’d heard of it and now I want to see it.



Ruth Wilson was in a Dior pantsuit. I really like that she went with a pantsuit, during BBC World’s coverage they mentioned that pantsuits were rarer last night than at the Globes. She should have gone with different shoes. She was probably trying to add some whimsy to this look though.



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  1. LilLil says:

    I love love love Ruth’s outfit. It would be better without the tie and with different shoes.

  2. Welp says:

    Isabelle Huppert deserves her own thread

  3. Snazzy says:

    I actually really like Allison Janney’s dress! I think it’s original and it looks really good on her.

    • MeeMow says:

      I like it too. I just wish there wasn’t a seem down the center of the collar.

      • Sophie9 says:

        Other than the collar seam, it is wonderful to see innovative clothing design that is not completely bizarre and unwearable. I love Janney’s dress!

  4. Skylark says:

    Janney’s dress was fabulous. It needs to be seen in motion for the full effect.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    Allison looks good but I can’t deal with that crazy shoulder piece.
    All the others are good.

    • Mrs. WelenMelon says:

      The seam in the middle of the neck is so terrible.

    • Veronica says:

      I didn’t like it at all! So odd. And her face looks very different. I wasn’t sure it was Janney.
      Now if you are going to have work done, you need to find out who does Annette Benning’s work. She looks gorgeous!

  6. Jayna says:

    I adore Ruth. Her hair and makeup is gorgeous. I love her in the black suit.

  7. LadyT says:

    Annette Bening looks lovely as always. So talented but under-appreciated.

  8. BaBaDook says:

    I wouldn’t bother with Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. It’s pretty disappointing!

  9. Juliette says:

    Janney’s dress is tragic.
    I really love Huppert and Wilson. They were beautiful.

  10. teacakes says:

    Huppert and Wilson ftw, they look amazing.

  11. homeslice says:

    Annette has gorgeous skin! I would love the see the hair better. Alison Janney is a treasure!

  12. bella says:

    I love Leslie’s dress! I think it is gorgeous. Margot is always in a class by herself and can wear absolutely anything. I don’t like Ruth’s suit, maybe it is the odd blouse underneath, but I love her shoes–with something else.

  13. Pita says:

    Maybe Alison’s dress was supposed to go the other way I mean instead of in the front of her neck in the back ?

  14. Ms says:

    Janney can wear a paper bag for the rest of the season and I will still celebrate her. She is amazing.

  15. SJhere says:

    Allison Janney is carrying her series, Mom. She and William Fitchner are great together. The supporting cast is also very talented. I will give her dress points for being striking but, it is just short of me actually liking it. That back line thingy is not working. Janney does an excellent job of pulling it off tho, she should give posture lessons to others. Owning this awards season. I only wish she was in a better movie. She has done wonderful work but the entire I, Tonya puts me off. No way am I spending my hard earned money to watch that.

    ABenning looks good! Something about her hair is off to me, tho. Color? A more curled do? Old Hollywood glamour style? She can pull that off easy.