2009 British Academy Film Awards
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
While the music industry marked the 51st annual Grammy Awards across the pond, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie (in Giorgio Armani) and other Academy Awards hopefuls got a prelude to Oscar night at the 2009 British Academy Film Awards, held at the Royal Opera House in London. Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Mickey Rourke each took home a BAFTA mask for their latest achievements on the silver screen.
-Bronwyn Barnes; With reporting by Sarah Karmali
"The girl from Reading will always be in me, and feels more in me than ever at moments like this. These are dreams that as a kid I wouldn’t even dare to dream," said best actress winner-and native Brit-Kate Winslet (in Zac Posen), who managed to hold back tears during her acceptance speech. "I'd watch these glamorous beautiful people win prizes and never imagined that I'd one day be one of those people."
Before picking up a best supporting actress award for her fiery role in Vicky Christina Barcelona, Penelope Cruz accessorized her Alaia gown with an umbrella on the orange carpet. "I am so very happy and grateful to have won. So very very happy," said the actress, who is also up for an Oscar. "Winning such awards like this feels great, because I have been working so hard since I was 16 years old."
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
"I've always dreamed of wearing an Oscar de La Renta gown to a glamorous awards ceremony ever since I was a little girl. It wasn't a secret," admitted Freida Pinto (in Fred Leighton jewels), who got gorgeous to support best actor nominee Dev Patel. The Slumdog Millionaire team enjoyed another big awards night, taking home the top prize in seven categories, including best film.
She stayed warm in a heavy coat while talking to reporters, but once it was time to pose for photographers Emma Watson braved the rain to show off her stunning Temperley London gown. "I actually persuaded my Harry Potter stylist to do my hair and make-up for me today. I love what she’s done," said the actress, who presented an award during the ceremony.
Always the professional, The Wrestler's Marisa Tomei (in Etro and Christian Louboutin pumps) barely blushed when best actor winner Mickey Rourke singled her out in his acceptance speech, calling her an "incredible talent" who was "very brave to take her clothes off all the time."
Prior to presenting the BAFTA mask for best hair and make-up in a film, Emily Mortimer admitted to having a case of the butterflies. "My nerves are keeping me warm!" said the actress, who chose a YSL skirt and silk top for the occasion. What is Mortimer's own style credo? "The key to looking great on the red carpet is to be comfortable. You should always try and look like yourself, and not try to be someone you're not," she advised.
British beauty Thandie Newton struck gold in a vintage strapless gown and Jimmy Choo stilettos. Where does Newton keep the BAFTA mask she won in 2005 for her role in Crash? "On top of the fridge in the kitchen," Newtown told reporters.