Angelina Jolie was all smiles as she walked the red carpet at the 2018 BAFTAs, where her cinematic project First They Killed My Father received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Accompanied by her friend and human rights activist Loung Ung, the actress looked stunning in a designer gown as they made their way to the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. The two friends seemed to be enjoying each other’s company, sharing hugs and jokes along the way. Watch the video below for more highlights from the event.
Angelina Jolie attended a glamorous event with her friend and human rights activist, Loung Ung, at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. The director wore a stunning custom Ralph & Russo velvet gown that showcased a daring thigh-high slit, revealing her slender legs. To complete her vintage-inspired look, Jolie accessorized with a pair of 33 carat diamond earrings by Graff and styled her hair into a sleek chignon. The mother-of-six looked radiant as she beamed on the red carpet.
The winner of the Academy Award appeared to be delighted to have her longtime companion by her side as they enjoyed the dazzling ambiance, embracing and exchanging light-hearted banter while entering the event crowded with celebrities.
Impressive: Accompanied by her significant guest, the famous director Angelina gracefully wore a stunning Ralph & Russo velvet dress with no straps, specifically designed for the event.
Numerous female celebrities graced the BAFTAs’ red carpet with special guests who have made significant contributions to improve the world. The attendees donned black outfits in solidarity with Time’s Up, an anti-sexual harassment movement launched on January 1, 2018, in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. Angelina Jolie brought Loung Ung as her guest, a person whom she has known for 16 years and who supported the cause by wearing a black full-length gown accented with sheer panelling. Loung is the author of First They Killed My Father, a book that Angelina adapted into a film that narrates a young girl’s perspective of the 1975 Cambodian genocide from ages five to nine.
Enjoying themselves: The friends seemed to be in a cheerful mood while hanging out.
The stunning dark-haired woman donned a one-shouldered outfit with a daring slit that flaunted her slim legs while striking poses with her friend on the red carpet. According to Deadline, Angelina Jolie discovered Loung Ung’s book during her trip to Cambodia in her younger years when she purchased it from a street vendor and was captivated by the story. She expressed her realization of lacking education and desired to learn more about refugees and the struggles faced by children during wartime. Angelina had a strong urge to locate the author after Loung accompanied her to adopt her eldest son Maddox, who is now 16 years old.
Eye-catching: The woman who is a mother to six children paired her outfit with vintage-inspired pieces and complemented it with stunning 33 carat diamond earrings from Graff. She wore her hair in a stylish chignon.
The train on Angelina’s outfit was quite a spectacle. Loung had a great connection with her and found her to be very genuine, although she doesn’t like it when he praises her in public. First They Killed My Father is facing tough competition in the Best Foreign Language Film category against Elle, The Handmaiden, Loveless and The Salesman. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has the most nominations with 12, followed by Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with nine each. Several films, including Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, I, Tonya, Call Me by Your Name, and Phantom Thread received multiple nominations. In light of the Time’s Up movement, guests have been encouraged to wear black to the awards ceremony, following the example set at the Golden Globes.
Sauntering gracefully: With precarious steps, she made her way to the ceremony donning a pair of pointed stilettos. A month ago, several celebrities graced the Golden Globes in black outfits as a sign of solidarity towards victims of sexual harassment. The Grammys, on the other hand, had a more relaxed dress code but stars carried white roses to support gender equality. The upcoming BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who will be replacing Stephen Fry after 12 years of hosting from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2012 to 2017. Jonathan Ross occupied the role during the intervening years. During the announcement, Lumley expressed her excitement, saying, “I always looked at the BAFTA Awards with Stephen Fry there forever more, so who thought I’d turn into Stephen Fry? I said yes indecently quickly. Thank you, thank you, I’ll see you on the night.”
Completed: She paired her outfit with a complementary velvet shawl.
Angelina rocked a bold, smoldering eye look that caught everyone’s attention. Meanwhile, Stephen Fry recently announced his retirement from hosting the BAFTA film award ceremonies. He reflected on his time as the host and expressed gratitude to everyone who helped make each year a memorable experience. Fry enjoyed watching the emergence of new talent both in front of and behind the camera. However, he felt it was time for him to step down and let others take the reins to bring the event to new heights.
Laughing softly: They chuckled to themselves while walking down the red carpet.
The atmosphere at the red carpet event was lively and entertaining, as the friends accompanying each other seemed to keep themselves amused. The credit for the well-crafted scripts goes to Ivor Baddiel and Phil Kerr, whose work was so impressive that it made people believe that the host had written every line himself. The upcoming BAFTA 2018 awards show promises to be an enjoyable experience for the hosting individual, who is relieved that he won’t have to endure a racing heart, parched mouth, and shaking knees this time around. The BAFTA awards ceremony, which was first held in 1949, will air live on BBC One this Sunday and can also be streamed online from the BAFTA’s official Facebook page. Despite the announcement of nominees earlier this year, the absence of women on the Best Director shortlist has received severe backlash and criticism directed towards BAFTA.
She highlighted her full lips by applying a layer of nude lipstick. Greta Gerwig, the director of Lady Bird, was noticeably absent from the list of nominees for the BAFTA Film Awards, despite the movie receiving nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Leading Actress and Supporting Actress, as well as winning two Golden Globes last week. Angelina Jolie was also snubbed for her directing work on First They Killed My Father, which was only nominated for the Film Not in the English Language category. Female directors such as Lucy Cohen (Kingdom of Us) and Rungano Nyoni (I Am Not A Witch) were also left out of the running, despite being nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Out of all the nominees in categories that don’t differentiate based on gender, only about 20% are women.
Cheerful: With a grin on her face, she greeted her enthusiastic supporters upon arrival at the gathering.
Angelina happily gave autographs to her fans before leaving. In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the only woman to win the Best Director award for her film, The Hurt Locker. Amanda Berry, the head of BAFTA, acknowledged in an interview that there were no female directors in the director category this year, but there were five female directors nominated in other categories. Some British films, such as Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool and Paddington 2, have received more recognition at the recent awards ceremonies than at their US counterparts. The EE Rising Star Award, which is voted on by the public, will be a hotly contested battle between Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Timothée Chalamet, and Tessa Thompson.
An ideal snapshot moment: She happily took selfies with her supporters.