The BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) are normally seen as a formality, given that its the last awards before the Oscars. With most everyone already worn and torn from making the rounds of this year’s drama-filled awards season, no one was expecting much from the usually stiff British proceedings.
But surprise, surprise — all the life that’s been sucked out of this year’s uncharacteristically sober Grammys seemed to have been blown into London’s Royal Albert Hall. While the music awards sought to avoid the controversies that surrounded it, the BAFTAs chose to face theirs head-on.
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As the show took place just days after the officiation of Brexit, the referendum was an easy topic to bring up. Everyone from Taika Waititi to Rebel Wilson made quick jabs at the issue –– even an absent Brad Pitt had Margot Robbie deliver a parting blow in his stead.
Another hot button issue was the fact that history was repeating itself. Just like the Academy Awards of yesteryear, the list of acting award nominees was notably pale, and host Graham Norton was quick to get #BAFTAsSoWhite on the trending status. Although Joaquin Phoenix didn’t take too kindly to the comedian’s criticism of Joker being a champion for white males, Joaquin used his Leading Actor acceptance speech to call out the lack of diversity within the industry’s ranks.
While it’s easy to put a spotlight on unaddressed issues, special mention should go to the causes it successfully champion. This year, guests were asked to follow a sustainable fashion guide created by the London College of Fashion, which required them to show up in outfits that were either rented from pre-approved establishments or previously worn.
It’s going to take years to truly resolve the issues awards giving bodies stubbornly refuse to get themselves out of— but with attendees fully game to champion an important cause, maybe that hints at a better future. With that being said, here are the best sustainably dressed men at this year's BAFTAs.