3:52 PM PST 2/13/2016 by Dawn Emery
The soiree took place on Saturday at the King’s State Apartments.
Party venues don’t get much grander than Kensington Palace. The BAFTA Lancome Nominees’ Party, which was attended by stars including Cate Blanchett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Redmayne, Emilia Clarke and Mark Ruffalo, was held Saturday within the London venue’s red silk-walled King’s State Apartments.
The reception, which took place on the eve of the awards ceremony, was hosted by BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry, who had earlier spoken of how the org has made “diversity an absolute priority.”
“Not enough films are being made with diverse talent in front of the camera,” she told the Daily Telegraph. “Our industry isn’t diverse enough, so the pool of people to draw award winners from isn’t diverse enough.”
The BAFTAs are regarded as more diverse than the Oscars, however, with Benecio del Toro, who attended the nominees’ party, and Idris Elba both up for best supporting actor honors this year.
Industry heavyweights including Harvey Weinstein and Ridley Scott — nominated for best director for The Martian — also attended the soiree. They mingled in rooms such as the King’s Gallery, which has décor that dates back to the time of George I, and was decorated for the evening with trees festooned with stems of red roses.
Carol, which tied with Bridge of Spies for having the most BAFTA nominations (nine) this year, was represented by Cate Blanchett, producers Carol Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen and costume designer Sandy Powell, who is also nominated for her work on Cinderella.
Also in attendance was Aaron Sorkin, who missed out on the best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for Steve Jobs but has been nominated for a BAFTA. Ex Machina’s Alex Garland, who was nominated in both the outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer and original screenplay categories, was another guest.
The future of the film industry was also represented, with guests including Taron Egerton, Dakota Johnson and Bel Powley, who are nominated for the EE Rising Star award.