Thursday, 6 March 2014
An overdue post! So, 3 days before the BAFTAs, I found out I was going. Tickets courtesy of my fashion mag fave ELLE UK. Cue madness, omg-ing with my fellow attendee Izzy and turning my wardrobe inside-out for a BAFTA-appropriate outfit. It was a crazy week, and I spent 3 whole days dithering between an all-white ensemble and a black maxi dress. I wore high street fyi (Miss Selfridge and Zara).
Outside the Royal Opera House, our group was put next to the entrance of the building, and the red carpet is quite a stretch, so I couldn't actually see all the way down it. Attempting to do a live Twitter coverage, I had a 5 second cameo on Edith Bowman's BBC Three show where I was on my phone, looking bored and touching my hair. Red carpet ready.
Started to get a bit excited when I saw Will Poulter walk past. Sadly, my clearest pictures from the red carpet were of Tinie Tempah. I say 'sadly' because I was hoping my golden shots would be of Mr Gatsby.
I managed to get lots 'back' shots (or just plain blurry) of some actors - Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks, Lupita Nyong'o (kinda stole the show in her Dior) and my main man Leo. People had been continually chanting his name for so long that it just seemed to be a false alarm. Then someone next to us shouted 'Leo!' and suddenly the man who had just stepped in front, turned round to wave. And then all I could do was hyperventilate, resulting in a blurry snap of him walking away. He's ageing, yes, but he will always be Jack Dawson <3 Biased because Titanic is my favourite film.
Jack, come back!
Unfortunately, we had to go to our seats because the red carpet finished, so I missed the likes of Brangelina, Bradley Cooper etc. (Angelina made me feel better about wearing trousers to the BAFTAs amongst a sea of dresses) Our seats were high up, and sorry to the drag queen sitting in front of me, but your wig blocked a third of my view /cries. Nevertheless, we managed to get decent photos of anyone who went up on stage (Leo, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Prince William, Dame Helen Mirren, Steve McQueen, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, Sam Claflin, Uma Thurman, Chiwetel Ejiofor etc.) When I say 'we', I mean Izzy got decent photos thanks to the power zoom on her camera. The BAFTAs ended a few hours later and we proceeded for dinner with the EE team at Christopher's in Covent Garden.
We stayed overnight at the Strand Palace Hotel. Not that we got any sleep til about 4am; too much post-BAFTA excitement about breathing the same air as Leo and Angelina. Since when did my life get this exciting?
This man needs an Oscar already.
Stephen Fry and a head.
Hors d'oeuvres à la BAFTA.
I think people thought 'Why are these 15 year old girls going to the BAFTAs?'.