Charlize Theron in purple Dior at the BAFTAs: her best look of the awards season?

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 held at the Royal Albert Hall

The 2020 BAFTAs were held last night in London. I always forget that this awards show actually brings out some interesting fashion. I also forget (every year) that the red carpet is exceptionally well-staged for photos. Unlike the Oscars, there aren’t 20 publicists and various flunkies gawking behind celebrities in photos. The lighting is usually pretty good too! And everything just seems more dignified. So… maybe that’s why Charlize Theron decided to really BRING IT for the BAFTAs. She wore this absolutely stunning custom Dior and part of me is SO MAD that she did not save this look for the Oscars. If she looks this amazing at the BAFTAs, that can only mean that she’ll show up to the Oscars bright orange and with her hair fashioned into a Beatles-esque bowl cut. Anyway, one of the best looks of the night, if not THE best. The only minor change? She kind of needs a bracelet, right?

Guests arrive at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall

Ella Balinska in Giambattista Valli. When mullet dresses go wrong? Or when they go right? I’m not a fan of mullet dresses and it absolutely looks like she wrapped a dust ruffle around her shoulders like a cape. And yet… the dress is definitely helped by her youth and beauty. Instead of looking bonkers, it looks fun and un-serious.

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 held at the Royal Albert Hall

Jessie Buckley is underrated in Judy. I haven’t seen her hustle too much, but I hope she’s getting work. Unfortunately, she wore this tragic Miu Miu to the awards show. YIKES.

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 held at the Royal Albert Hall

This is actually the right silhouette for Olivia Colman and it’s actually a lovely dress. Just a couple of edits and I think this would be one of her best looks ever?

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 held at the Royal Albert Hall

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  1. Slowsnow says:

    Oh Kaiser, how can you prefer this purplish conservative gown and bombshell hair to Charlize’s cutting edge shorter beautiful bowl cut and badass style of late?
    If you see the Producer’s Roundtable with her she is stunning with the bowl cut.
    Respectfully disagree ;-)

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      The dress makes her look like she should be playing ball at the Super Bowl. This is a dress which is almost the opposite of what Theron needs for her shape

      All the dresses here are an abomination

    • SM says:

      @SLOWSNOW everything you said. She looks sooo good with short hair and I agree, her look perfect in the producers round table. I watched her parts just to admire that perfect cut that makes her face perfect. and she had significantly shorter hair at Oscars even last week so that means this mess is probably extensions which makes it even more sad. Why hide perfect cut under this wave? The dress looks uncomfortable, like she has a board or something on her chest.

  2. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Jessie Buckley was nominated for Best Actress for Wild Rose, so I think she’s doing OK!

    Charlize Theron looks good. Agree about the bracelet.

    Olivia Coleman looks frumpy.

  3. Nikomikaelx says:

    What really? , that Dress is horrible and it makes her look much bigger than she actually is and kind of…boxy? Not sure if thats the word I’m looking for

  4. FHMom says:

    I hate the color of Charlize’s dress. In just about any other color, it would be a stunner. The other two dresses are awful. And just as an aside, I watched The Wife the other night, and Glenn Close really got robbed. Olivia Coleman did not deserve that Oscar,

    • BellaBella says:

      Glenn Close was brilliant in The Wife. It was a tragedy she did not win. I love that movie AND book!

  5. minx says:

    I don’t like strapless dresses with the extra boobage cutout. Have more fabric at the top of the dress if you’re going with the deep v, it balances it out.

  6. Eliza_ says:

    I’m actually surprised so many actresses wore custom dresses. The BAFTAs requested recycle/rent/vintage as fashion is a huge polluter. And actress borrow dresses so easily, and thus follow the request without having to sacrifice the latest fashions. So having something custom made is just so interesting to see, especially since there was so many custom dresses: Chalize, Scarlett (no surprise there though), Renee Z, Zoe Kravitz, Zazie Beetz, Rebel Wilson, Saoirse, Greta G, Daisy Ridley, Jodie Turner-Smith, etc.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      They could have been made sustainably. It’s a weird theme because you can’t really tell if someone is following it unless they rewear something they wore fairly recently or are like Kate with every dress very well documented by the press/fans. I also feel like they announced the theme late? I know the last time they did a theme they announced close enough to the night that it would have been difficult for Kate to get a new dress made. She was pregnant at the time and couldn’t have just reworn a black dress. So, they may have already been under obligation to the designers when it was announced.

  7. Lucy says:

    If I didn’t know Olivia, I’d actually think she’s a Royal. She looks amazing!

  8. Jerusha says:

    That’s an ugly dress Charlize is wearing. All the others are hideous, too:

  9. I'm that person says:

    Don’t think Charlize looks good in this dress. Not at all.

    I don’t know Ella but she is so pretty! Anyone else would probably look ridiculous in that dress but she looks cute.

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I hate it. The cut make her look oddly wide from the waist up.

  11. Velvet Elvis says:

    Beautiful color but sorry, the bodice of that dress is straight up ugly and the whole thing just looks cheap. Glad to see that Charlize has grown her hair out some though. Her bowl cut looked awful.

  12. bobafelty says:

    I think the purple dress makes her boobs look weird?

  13. Pina says:

    I love charlize but i think her golden louis vuitton dress with the headband at the Costume Designers Guild Awards was her absolutely best look in this award season so far. Also didnt know that she had a tattoo,??

  14. L4frimaire says:

    I did not like Charlize’s dress at all. Olivia Coleman dresses way too matronly for her age. Always so covered up.

  15. Mar says:

    Charlize used to kill it every time- these days I rarely like anything she’s wearing.

    I love the pink floral dress. I don’t know the actress but she looks fresh and fun.

  16. Bella says:

    Jessie Buckley was amazing in Judy and I don’t even recognize her IRL. That flowery dress is too much, but Ella is working it and she is so beautiful that she makes the dress fun. I do not understand Olivia’s choice of dresses–ever!

  17. shazze says:

    Forget about Charlize – she looks alright – Ella looks stunning and manages to make that strange dress look amazing. One of those women who would make a potato sack look like a chic outfit

  18. A Fan says:

    The question: Charlize’s best look of the awards season?

    The answer: Aww, nope.

    [*But Ella looks fabulous in her quirky Zendaya dress.*]

  19. Godwina says:

    No, no bracelet for Char! Her styling is perfectly symmetrical top to bottom for a reason. That’s the kick.

    HARD NO to Olivia’s look. Utterly destroys her.