The 73rd British Academy Film Awards – a.k.a. the British Oscars – are a mere hours away, virtually guaranteeing a star-studded red carpet and some seriously major gowns. There’s already a fair amount of buzz around the event, particularly as the nominations have come under fire for a lack of diversity. By now, with awards season in full swing, we’ve gotten used to seeing big sleeves and girlish bows rule the red carpet. But what did your favorite celebrities wear to the BAFTAs in years past? Let’s take a look.
Audrey Hepburn was nominated for her performance in Sabrina at the 1955 BAFTAs, and came dressed for the occasion. She wore a pale strapless gown with a nipped-in waist and full skirt, which she paired with glamorous, elbow-length gloves.
This outfit is peak 90s Julia Roberts, showing off her signature style in a maroon jersey dress. It was simple, chic, and kept relaxed with loose hair and that signature big smile.
If we had Pinterest back in 1999, we certainly would’ve been pinning Gwyneth Paltrow’s BAFTA outfit. She walked the red carpet in a black sequined two-piece with a low waist, flashing her abs – it was the ultimate 90s prom dress.
Nicole Kidman has always been consistent with her fashion choices. She kept things simple but sophisticated in 2003 in an ivory silk column gown by Ungaro, accented with bright-pink chandelier earrings. It’s the kind of outfit we could definitely see her wearing again today.
Sienna Miller was at her boho best in 2007, and really delivered for the BAFTAs in a green, backless mermaid dress with intricate beading and long sleeves.
In 2010, Carey Mulligan took home the best actress award for her role in An Education. She wore a black and white patterned gown that looked like a cocktail dress with a caped train overlaying it by French label, Vionnet. Later, Mulligan donated the dress to Oxfam to help its women’s projects around the world.
Who could be more of a knock-out than Christina Ricci in a liquid gold dress from Givenchy?
In 2013, Marion Cotillard went bold with this bright yellow Dior dress that was strapless, had a bubble skirt at the middle, and featured a surprise sheer panel on the thigh.
Dior is obviously a go-to label for the BAFTA red carpet, with Lupita Nyong’o choosing a more classic design in 2014 with this emerald-green strapless number.
While the majority of outfits on this list are dresses, Angelina Jolie made a strong case for female tailoring in 2014. This remains one of the best examples of suits on the red carpet, with Jolie wearing cigarette pants and a matching blazer, a crisp shirt, and an undone bow-tie. The whole look was topped off with loose hair, smoky eyes, and black heels.
Kate Middleton has attended the BAFTAs for the last three years, so we’re hoping she’ll make another appearance this year. One of our favorite outfits of hers came in 2017: a dramatic, off-shoulder, floral black gown from Alexander McQueen.
Jennifer Lawrence proved black doesn’t have to be boring in 2018. The actor has had a long partnership with Dior, and this black architectural gown with white tulle sleeves is definitely one of her best red carpet outfits from the fashion house.
We’ve seen a renaissance in menswear in recent years, with celebrities branching out from traditional tuxedos. Few people sum this up better than Timothée Chalamet. His 2019 BAFTA suit is a perfect example of the new wave of menswear. Wearing Haider Ackermann, he walked the red carpet in a matching silver blazer and shirt featuring geometric patterns, black trousers with red detailing up the side, and combat boots.