The 2020 BAFTAs had an emphasis on sustainability this year. The academy went to great lengths to ensure that all aspects of the evening were as eco-conscious as possible – from a fully recyclable red carpet to the organic, locally-sourced dinner served to guests in the evening – in an effort for the event to be carbon neutral. BAFTA also requested that guests make “sustainable choices” when it came to dressing for the ceremony – suggesting that they might like to rent a dress, buy vintage or rewear something they already own.
Olivia Colman adhered to the sustainable sensibility of the evening by partnering with Atelier Swarovski on some beautiful bespoke jewellery created from lab-grown diamonds – widely considered a more eco-friendly option than using labour-intensive mined diamonds. The actress debuted Swarovski’s first pink created diamonds on the red carpet, in the form of a striking pink cocktail ring.
The piece featured a 2.03-carat cushion cut Fancy Purplish Pink Swarovski Created Diamond with an intensity of colour and style of cut that is rare in a lab-created diamond of that size. The hero stone was surrounded by Cabochon Star Rubies and pink Swarovski Genuine Topaz.
On her other hand, Colman wore a stunning blue cocktail ring consisting of a 42-carat antique cushion-cut Swarovski Created Sapphire.
When she stepped out on the red carpet, the actress added a third ring, calling for equal representation for actresses, with “50:50” written in the middle.
“I share the same passion for conscious luxury and sustainability as Atelier Swarovski,” Colman told us, of her decision to partner with the brand. “It is a true pleasure to debut these bespoke jewels featuring the first pink Swarovski Created Diamonds, which prove that beautiful fashion choices can still be kind to people and planet.”
The rings were complemented by sparkling cluster and droplet earrings, featuring eight Swarovski Created Sapphires totalling over 28 carats, enhanced with additional Fancy Purplish Pink Swarovski Created Diamonds.
Colman’s stylist, Harper’s Bazaar contributor Miranda Almond, worked closely with Swarovski on the design of the jewellery, to ensure that it perfectly complemented the actress’ floral-embroidered Alexander McQueen dress.
“We wanted the shape of the earrings to be an addition to the style of the neckline and not compete against it,” Almond explained. “I think they add a sense of playfulness and look super cool, too.”
The droplet part of the earrings were designed to be detachable, so they also could be worn as simple clusters, allowing Almond to make a call on the night as to which version of the jewellery looked better. The stylist added that it’s vital more high-profile stars highlight sustainable practices on the red carpet.
“The more sustainable we can be with fashion and jewellery production the better for everyone,” she told us. “To shine a light on those brands that do is an important step to making it the norm rather than the exception.”
“Who did your make-up? You look like a badger,” might be one of the best lines from the film The Favourite, for which Olivia Colman won the Best Actress Oscar in 2019. When it comes to red carpet make-up, however, she’s quite rightly a little less experimental. Take Sunday night’s BAFTAs 2020 make-up look: drawing on the purple, blue and pink tones in her embroidered Alexander McQueen gown, her look was softly romantic yet modern, with pink and lilac eyeshadows accented with dark, glossy lashes and defined brows.
“Olivia is so trusting and open to ideas, and I’m also partial to her make-up having a ‘fresh factor,’” her make-up artist Sarah Uslan told British Vogue. Uslan first worked with the star when she came to Los Angeles in 2011 for a screening of her film Tyrannosaur. “Even if we go for a bold lip and big doe eyes, it’s always balanced with her natural-looking skin and a feathery brow.”
The getting ready process is delightfully fuss-free, Uslan insisted. “Getting Olivia ready certainly does not feel like work; it’s lots of laughs, some yummy snacks and a pot of tea,” she said. The hard work starts beforehand. “The conversation always starts with the dress. Miranda Almond, her stylist, will send a picture to her hairstylist Marcus Francis and myself, sharing her thoughts for make-up and hair, and then letting us run with it. Olivia is so trusting that once she’s in the chair and we’ve talked through some ideas, she sometimes doesn’t even look at herself until the very end, by which time she gives us a smile and says, ‘Well done.’”
Uslan made Colman’s naturally big, beautiful eyes the main feature of the actress’s beauty look for the BAFTAs. Keeping the complexion bare until after the eye make-up had been completed – “so that if any shadow falls, I can quickly clean up with some moisturiser and keep the skin fresh and flawless before foundation” – she administered a quick facial massage using a tool like a Gua Sha.
Then, Uslan opted for the Marc Jacobs pink and lilac Provocouture Eye Palette. First, she applied the “You Might” shade all over the lid followed by “Otherwise” in the crease; then “Sat It” over the centre of the lid to add a pop of highlight. Accenting the eyes with Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencils, she used “Ro(cocoa)” at the lash-line and then double-lined with “Plum(age)”. “I then used a small brush to blend the seam of the liner and give a smoked-out effect.” Uslan followed with “Luna(tic)” to give a subtle lilac highlight at the corner of her eyes, adding a little more “Plum(age)” and “Ro(cocoa)” at the bottom lash-line to accentuate her eyes. To complete the look, she used Marc Jacobs Velvet Epic Lash Primer to build up the length and volume of lashes, and then applied Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
Creating a perfect base with Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Blurring Coconut Face Primer and Shameless Youthful-Look Foundation, as well as Fair 10 concealer in the inner corner of the under eye mixed with Light 20 across the undereye to conceal and lift, she kept the rest of the make-up natural but glowing, with a touch of Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator on her temples and cheekbones.
How does she ensure the look lasts all night long? “I usually send Olivia out of the door with a bit of powder for the T-zone, her lip colour (last night’s was Marc Jacobs Lip Creme in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) and sometimes a pea-sized amount of concealer,” said Uslan. “The trick is making it all fit in her teeny-tiny beautiful clutches. It’s always like a Tetris challenge.”
What would you do directly after winning one of the UK’s most prestigious acting awards: order the largest available bottle of champagne? Make the extravagant purchase you’ve been fantasising about for years? Party until the wee hours? Turns out Golden Globes favourite Olivia Colman plumped for a slightly more low-key celebration after her double win at the 2013 BAFTAs. After scooping awards for her roles in Accused and Twenty Twelve, Colman went home, took off her Spanx, and had a nice cup of tea. And honestly, has a certified Hollywood icon ever been quite so relatable?
Speaking to the Mirror, Colman reminisced on the May 2013 ceremony that scored her two BAFTA trophies: one for best supporting actress, for her role in crime drama Accused, and one for female comedy performance, after her appearance in satirical Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve. “That was amazing that night because I had been nominated for things before and just never got them,” she told the paper. “That was unbelievable. No one expects to get one, but to get two?”
Her success proved a little overwhelming: “It was a little bit too much,” she said. “I just needed to be normal and take the massive Spanx off — you know the big pants? — and just calm down. So I went home and had a cup of tea.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Colman is favourite to land the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical at tonight’s awards ceremony, for her role as Queen Anne in (appropriately) The Favourite. Co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy or musical, for their roles as royal favourites Abigail Hill and Lady Sarah Churchill.The event, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, will see Colman run against Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, Mary Poppins Returns‘ Emily Blunt, Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher, and Tully star Charlize Theron.
And Colman’s pretty delighted about the nomination, telling the Mirror, “When you get nominated for something, for me it always comes as a massive surprise and then an enormous, ‘Oh.'” She added, “It’s really incredibly exciting and you can’t quite believe it, and in all honesty, as a little girl it’s all, ‘Imagine if I won an Oscar?'”
Colman’s snagged a Golden Globe before, winning best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie at the 2017 ceremony for her role in The Night Manager. But there’ll be one major difference tonight: this time, she’ll actually be at the ceremony. As she explained to the BBC, Colman was due to start filming Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at the time of last year’s awards, and was keen to impress her co-stars — plus, she assumed she didn’t have a chance. “I looked at the list and thought, ‘I won’t win in that group,'” she said.
“I’m playing Judi Dench’s maid and I want her to be so impressed because she is my hero. I have to be good and I don’t want to be that person who turns up jetlagged but now I sort of think they would have forgiven me,” she told the BBC after her win was announced. “Now I’m so gutted I’m not there. It’s such an enormous honour, I’m beside myself.” Well, if the bookies’ predictions prove correct, this time Colman can collect her Golden Globe in person.
Olivia Colman, Sarah Lancashire, Katherine Parkinson, Julie Walters and Cilla Black were the women of the moment, awarded the coveted prize in recognition of their outstanding TV performances.
Hosted by a characteristically wry Graham Norton, the event saw the biggest names of British TV and beyond gather at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, to pay tribute to the best in the business.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman won her third TV Bafta in just two years, winning the award in the leading actress category.
Overwhelmed by the moment, she struggled to speak as she accepted her award. Bursting into tears she said: “Oh sorry, not cool.”
Thanking her family and co-stars she paid tribute to her husband, describing him as “just the best thing in the world.”
Colman faced competition from Kerrie Hayes for her part in The Mill, Helena Bonham Carter for Burton and Taylor and Maxine Peake for The Village.
Colman’s award lead the way for Broadchurch to clean up, winning the Best Drama series award and Best Supporting Actor for David Bradley.
Sarah Lancashire won the award for the Best Supporting actress for her role in Last Tango in Halifax while Katherine Parkinson took home the Best Actress in a Comedy for her long-running role in the Channel Four comedy series The IT Crowd starring Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade.
But it was the veteran stars who received the most rousing reception.
TV veteran Cilla Black was greeted with a standing ovation as she accepted the Bafta Special Award for her services to television and entertainment over the last fifty years, from her friend and fellow Scouser Paul O’Grady.
In a heart felt speech she said: “I’ve lead a charmed life. I’ve worked with incredible people.” The presenter, who has hosted some of TV’s most popular entertainment shows including Blind Date and Surprise Surprise, dedicated her win to her viewers, who she said had made her “feel so welcome over the years.”
Multi-Bafta winning actress Julie Walters, received the night’s top honour when she was presented with the Academy Fellowship. Walters, whose career has spanned nearly four decades, regaled the audience with an anecdote before thanking her peers in the industry for all she had learned from them “about everything other than acting.”
Among the other big winners on the night were Ant and Dec who walked away with two prizes, scooping best entertainment programme for Saturday Night Takeaway and the entertainment performance Bafta.
“We’re so chuffed and this is a really nice cherry on a really big cake,” said a delighted Anthony McPartlin.
“Winning the Bafta for Saturday night with Ant and Dec … this is really great. We brought the show back after a four year break so to win a BAFTA to be even nominated is so great,” he added.
“I’m glad we came now,” joked Declan Donnelly.
The Geordie duo was up against Charlie Brooker’s 10 O’Clock Live, Sarah Millican’s The Sarah Millican Television Programme and the evening’s host Graham Norton’s Friday night chat show.
The Eastenders cast looked despondent losing the battle of the soaps to Coronation Street. The long running soap won their 10th BAFTA in the Soap & Continuing drama category and the award was collected by cast members past and present including Julie Hesmondhalgh, Samia Ghadie, David Neilson, Kate Ford and Jane Danson.
Best International Programme was presented by Jeremy Piven and went to Breaking Bad, with a bearded Aaron Paul collecting the award.
“This is such an incredible honour,” Paul said. “I’d like to congratulate the fellow nominees, I feel so blessed to be in your company.”
He thanked creator Vince Gilligan the cast and the Breaking Bad ‘family’.
While veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D scooped the Bafta for specialist factual, ITV News at Ten’s coverage of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby earned the programme the award for news coverage.
A League of Their Own beat Norton’s chat show to the comedy and comedy entertainment programme award while Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award.
Channel Four’s The Murder Trial won Best Single Documentary, while ITV’s Long Last Family won the Best Features Award. Sean Harris won the leading actor prize, for his starring performance in Southcliffe, a drama about the aftermath of a series of shootings in a small town.
In The Flesh, a BBC Three drama, won the mini-series gong, and The Murder Trial was recognised as best single documentary.
Celebrities heads have been put on sticks in preparation for the TV BAFTAs.
No, it’s not some strange ritual punishing the rich and famous – it’s simply an event worker helping set out the seating arrangements for the big event.
On Sunday, it seems the likes of Claudia Winkleman, Aaron Paul and Olivia Colman will be brushing shoulders as they’ll be seating close-by.
They’ll all be hoping for a successful night, with nominations for Strictly Come Dancing, Breaking Bad and Broadchurch – the latter earning Olivia a spot on the Leading Actress shortlist.
Everything looks good to go as host Graham Norton gets ushered to his seat.
He’s up for two prizes, firstly battling Charlie Brook, Sarah Millican and Ant and Dec to regain the Best Entertainment Performance prize, which he won in 2011 and 2012 before losing out to Alan Carr’s Chatty Man last year.
Then, The Graham Norton Show is nominated alongside Would I Lie To You?, The Revolution Will Be Televised and A League of Their Own for the Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme award.
Also in view is Helena Bonham Carter, who will be in attendance with the likes of Jamie Dornan, Susanna Reid and James Corden.
Departing Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth will also be there, along with EastEnders star Danny Dyer.