At UK film awards, stars say 'Time's Up' on harassment

Ruben Ruiz
February 19, 2018

Among the stars due to attend the London ceremony, typically a blend of gray skies and glamour, are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristin Scott Thomas and Octavia Spencer.

Activists fighting harassment and violence against women also walked the red carpet as guests of stars of the big screen.

With Hollywood still reeling from the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actresses look set to wear all-black outfits at London's Albert Hall, just as they did at last month's Golden Globes.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark green dress with a black ribbon belt.

Actress Emma Roberts was among the many wearing black on the red carpet as a statement colour.

He said: "I think it's important to represent this movement and try to listen if people are trying to be heard".

Guillermo del Toro's fantasy film "The Shape of Water" leads the nominations with 12 nods.

The mother of Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, who is now pregnant in her third trimester, however, did wear a black tie around her dress above her glowing figure, in what may have been a subtle nod to fellow women.

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The Baftas are being hosted this year by British film and TV star Joanna Lumley, who praised the gender equality movement as a continuation of the work of the Suffragettes a century ago.

You'd have to have a pretty bloody good memory to remember a more hotly contested BAFTAs than this year's instalment of the prestigious film awards, with heavy-hitters like Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, and The Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, all vying for glory.

Gary Oldman is the favorite to take the best-actor trophy for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour".

Meanwhile in an open letter published Sunday before the awards, nearly 200 British and Irish stars backed a new fund to help women facing sexual harassment and abuse at work.

The call to wear black put Kate in a delicate position, because the royal family is careful to avoid political statements.

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton were among those who signed a letter saying that 2018 should be "the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse".

Former Harry Potter star Watson has given the fund £1 million pounds ($1.8 million CDN), according to its page on the Go Fund Me website. He's up against fellow Brits Daniel Day-Lewis for "Phantom Thread", Daniel Kaluuya for "Get Out" and Jamie Bell for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", as well as American actor Timothée Chalamet for "Call Me By Your Name".

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