Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’
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Frances McDormand on not wearing all-black to BAFTAs: ‘I don’t follow rules’

BAFTA Best Actress winner Frances McDormand decided against the unofficial black dress code because she has “trouble with compliance”.

The majority of stars opted to wear black for the British prize-giving on Sunday night (18Jan18), a move that echoed the wardrobe choices at the Golden Globes in January, in support of Time’s Up movement, which aims to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.

Despite not wearing all-black at the glitzy ceremony, Frances threw her weight behind the movement. Taking to the stage to pick up her Best Actress gong for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances addressed her decision to wear a black lipstick print Valentino dress.

“Thank you British film people. As Martin (McDonagh, Three Billboards writer and director) said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she told the audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

Another guest who shunned the black dress code was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who stunned in a green Jenny Packham gown, which she accessorized with a black ribbon belt and matching clutch bag.

It was unclear whether the pregnant royal would wear black prior to the big night, as it is against royal protocol for a member of the royal family to make a political statement.

Some viewers took offense to the color of her dark dress, though Best Supporting Actress winner Allison Janney fully supported her decision.

“I would never judge anyone’s choice, she looked absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy for them that she’s pregnant again,” she told the press backstage.

“She’s an extraordinary woman and she can wear whatever she wants to wear.”

– Cover Media


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