Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Cinema's biggest stars brighten rainy London

February 19, 2006
Share this:

There was plenty of glitz but little glory for Britain at the Baftas on Sunday evening when high-wattage stars including Pierce Brosnan, Rachel Weisz and Charlize Theron braved a rain-soaked red carpet. "A soggy carpet - very English," quipped the North Country actress.

Such was the downpour that interviewer Ruby Wax handed out hot water bottles, and scarves to celebrities. But the Americans would have been singing in the rain as the US took top honours in the best film, actress and actor categories.

Her curvaceous figure swathed in an exquisite purple Vivienne Westwood gown, pregnant Rachel Weisz arrived with an umbrella and an upbeat smile. But having won in the style stakes, the Constant Gardener star lost out on the best actress gong to Walk The Line's Reese Witherspoon, who didn't manage to make it to the extravaganza.

Rachel's co-star Ralph Fiennes - accompanied by sister Sophie following the break-up of his relationship with Francesca Annis - also went home empty-handed. He was pipped to the best actor post by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the title role for Capote.

Brokeback Mountain swept the board, with Jake Gyllenhaal winning best supporting actor for his role as a love-struck cowboy. The tale also lassoed best director and best film.

The only British success story of the evening came when Thandie Newton - stunning in delicate Christian Le Croix couture - picked up a best supporting actress gong for her performance in racial drama Crash and pronounced it "an absolutely amazing" feeling.

Sign up to HELLO Daily! for the best royal, celebrity and lifestyle coverage

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

Photo: ©
Charlize Theron didn't carry off a trophy at the Baftas, but still had a great time with Brokeback hunk Jake Gyllenhaal, who triumphed in the best actor categoryPhoto: © Getty Imagesy
Photo: ©
Expectant mum Rachel Weisz had been fretting over what to wear at a string of awards dos in the run-up to the Oscars, but pulled out all the stops in this elegant Vivienne Westwood gown and her Jimmy Choo stilettosPhoto: © AFP