All the Goss from the Grammys & Baftas
MOST SHOCKING COUPLE
THE GRAMMYS: A surprise entry in the Most Shocking Couples category was Nicole Kidman, who channelled her best rock star’s wife impression with Keith Urban. The normally laid-back duo looked like they were still in the honeymoon period as Nicole proudly draped herself over her musician hubby’s arm. But Kim and Kanye stole the show with him kissing her and grabbing her butt for the cameras! By stark contrast, Pharrell Williams and wife Helen looked like they were so over everything – including each other.
THE BAFTAS: Awards season is always a good time for celeb couples to hit the red carpet and put to bed rumours of any potential splits with some well positioned PDAs, but BAFTA nominee Benedict Cumberbatch looked painfully awkward with fiancée Sophie Hunter, who in turn refused to crack a smile for the camera.
BEST GOODIE BAGS
THE BAFTAS: It was a case of goodie bags at dawn for the celebs at this year’s awards. BAFTA nominees who missed out on winning a treasured gong still went home with a decent haul thanks to some very generous gifting. Stars including Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch were treated to luxury vacations in Asia as part of exclusive gift bags handed out at the swanky awards show on Sunday. Celebrities were also gifted a trip to Bali worth $2,600 (Dhs9,500) as well as a vino-tasting day in New Zealand! Other loot included Lancôme cosmetics and treats from high-end London department store Fortnum & Mason.
THE GRAMMYS: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States weren’t too shabby when it came to dishing out freebies either, but the items’ value started from as little as Dhs14! While some of the products, such as hand sanitiser, were pretty lame, there was also $75 (Dhs275) boxes of chocs from Chocolatine and $210 (Dhs771) MyntSmile porcelain veneer toothpaste. Only the top stars bagged $1,140 (Dhs4,440) Gibson guitars and $14,584 (Dhs53,260) rail trips through the Canadian Rockies from Rocky Mountaineer.
THE GRAMMYS: While Taylor, 25, danced absurdly, Pharrell, 41, gave the ultimate cut-eye and the very public snub was all captured on camera. Poor Taylor had no idea her moves were such an annoyance to the Happy singer, who just couldn’t hide his disdain as the singer shook it up. The shade didn’t end there for Swifty as she also failed to bag any Grammys this year. Better luck next time, T-Swizzle.
THE BAFTAS: The BAFTAs are arguably more famous for their afterparties and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein always throws a decent bash. Surprisingly, his favourite muse, Amy Adams, didn’t hang around this year. Our sources said Amy rocked up to the party at the Rosewood London Hotel, but left after just 30 minutes! “She normally likes a dance and in the past she attended the party with Bradley Cooper and the two never left the dance floor,” the insider said. “But this time she was in and out. I don’t think Harvey was very pleased his biggest star bailed so early.”
MOST ARABIAN DESIGNERS
THE BAFTAS: We only spotted one Elie Saab number, a trouser ensemble on Noomi Rapace.
THE GRAMMYS: With Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad and Taylor Swift in the most stunning gown to appear at either awards show, crafted by the amazing Elie Saab (See Best Dressed, p24), the Americans flew the Arabian flag on the red carpet. Cheers!
BEST MATERNITY DRESS
THE GRAMMYS: RiRi took up more than her fair share of the red carpet with a frock you could hide triplets in. She isn’t even pregnant.
THE BAFTAS: Despite a passing resemblance to the white-crested cuckoo, Keira Knightley worked the mum-to-be look beautifully in Giambattista Valli. Top marks!
Credit: Jonathan Hordle/REX
MOST CRINGEWORTHY SPEECH
THE BAFTAs: Eddie Redmayne got all emosh when he went up to receive his BAFTA for Best Actor. He dedicated his win to his parents, wife and colleagues and very nearly shed a tear when thanking Stephen Hawking and his family. “Really, this award belongs to one incredible family who are here this evening. I would like to thank them for their trust in us, their generosity and kindness, and for reminding me of the great strength that comes from living a full and passionate life,” he gushed
THE GRAMMYS: Motormouth Kanye West was full of gas once more when he piped up to tell us how amazing Beyoncé is. After Beck picked up the Album of the Year Grammy, Kanye went on an epic rant backstage, saying the Grammys “need to stop playing with us,” adding: “Beck needs to respect artistry – he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”
THE GRAMMYS: See Madonna’s derrière hanging out of the bottom of her Givenchy matador outfit was a low point, not just for the awards, but for womankind.
THE BAFTAS: Julie Walters was mesmerising in her floor-length glitter gown, setting those on the other side of the pond an example in the art of growing old gracefully.
Micro Trend: Trouser Suits
Following in the footsteps of Emma Stone’s SAG Awards tux dress, trousers walked the red carpet once more. Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani showed us how to get it right. To see what not to do, check out Charli XCX on p26.
Micro Trend: Purple Hair
Katy Perry and Kelly Osbourne’s locks looked lush in lavender, but will it ever catch on in the UAE?
OUR TOP BAFTA WINNERS
Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Leading Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Film: Boyhood
Best Rising Star: Jack O’Connell
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
Outstanding British Film: The Theory of Everything
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie
OUR TOP GRAMMY WINNERS
Album of the Year: Morning Phase by Beck
Song of the Year: Stay with Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance: Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Rock Performance: Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance: The Last in Line by Tenacious D
Best R‘n’B Performance: Drunk in Love by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R‘n’B Album: Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song: I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album: The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance: Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Spoken-Word Album: Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen
Best Music Video: Happy by Pharrell Williams