Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Katie Holmes fails to impress in unflattering striped maxi dress as she arrives at National Movie Awards with Tom Cruise
By Sarah Bull

It's one of the most highly-anticipated showbiz events of the year, when eyes aren't just on the prizes won but also the outfits worn.

But if there was a prize for the worst outfit choice at the National Movie Awards it would probably have gone to Katie Holmes, who chose an unflattering striped maxi dress for the event at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Accompanied by husband Tom Cruise, who looked dapper in a black suit, Katie, 31, walked confidently down the red carpet - apparently unaware of her fashion faux pas.

Unflattering: Katie Holmes' striped silk maxi dress did little to flatter her lithe figure. The actress was accompanied by husband Tom Cruise as she arrived at the National Movie Awards

Happy couple: Holmes smiles as she poses with husband Tom Cruise, who looked dapper in a dark suit

The pair were at the National Movie Awards so Cruise could accept his screen icon award from actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

He said: 'It's a real honour for me to be here tonight. This great city of London.

This great country England. I've made several films here. I have been fortunate.

'I guess as a film maker the most important thing to me is you. If I have entertained you at all, I thank you. Thank you for allowing me to do so.'

Holmes wasn't the only star to have made a bold outfit choice at the event.

Just hours after she debuted a hair-raising new style at a Louis Vuitton store launch, Gwyneth Paltrow arrived at the awards in an unusual hot pink dress, reminiscent in its style of the Sixties era.

And the actress appeared fond of her new hair, backcombing her locks into another unusual up-do.

Fan man: Cruise, who is renowned for the amount of time he spends talking to fans and signing autographs before events, made the rounds outside the Royal Festival Hall

Legend: Cruise accepts his screen icon award from actress Gwyneth Paltrow

Diane Kruger added a bit of Hollywood glamour to the event in a moss-green mini-dress as she greeted fans alongside rumoured fiancé Joshua Jackson.

Other stylish outfit choices came from Michelle Ryan, who recovered from last night's red carpet mistake in a sleek gold mini dress and platform heels.

Many of the stars at the event had jetted across from the U.S., with Chris Rock joking: 'This is almost as big as the Oscars!'

The winners at the event are chosen by viewers' votes, and the first prize of the night went to

Sherlock Holmes, which was crowned favourite action/thriller.

Pretty in pink: Gwyneth Paltrow chose an unusual hot pink dress and matching heels for the awards - opting again for backcombed hair

Director Guy Ritchie collected the award and joked: 'Thank you very much. We said no to the Oscar but we'll say yes to this because the public voted for it.

'We set out to make a comedy but we'll take it where we can get it.'

The Twilight Saga: New Moon took the award for best fantasy film, beating off stiff competition from Alice In Wonderland, Avatar and Clash Of The Titans.

The film, nominated for five prizes at the ITV1 awards, was a popular choice and there were screams from the delighted audience when its name was called out.

Award winners: Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson pose with their National Movie Award for best family film

Eye candy: James Corden arrived with newly-single friend Dominic Cooper while Orlando Bloom walked the red carpet alone

Star Robert Pattinson received the award for best performance in the film.

While he was unable to attend due to filming commitments, he told fans through a video clip: 'It means a lot to me because you the fans decided the winner.

'Thanks for voting for me.'

Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr Carlisle Cullen, said: 'The character I play is from London so this is a warm welcome home.'

Short and sweet: Kylie Minogue looked stunning in a blue minidress which she paired with gold accessories

Sleek: Former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq shows some flesh in a halterneck dress

The Time Traveler's Wife was named breakthrough movie, beating off competition from Coco Before Chanel, Harry Brown, Nativity!, Paranormal Activity and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Ron Livingston, who plays Gomez in the film but is best known as Jack Berger from Sex And The City, collected the award.

He said the film was for all the women who were pleased to find out there was 'a good explanation' when their husbands disappeared for weeks at a time and came home without their clothes.

Stage presence: Jonathan Ross presented a clip from Toy Story 3 while Orlando Bloom presented an award

Jonathan Ross, who presented a clip from the forthcoming Toy Story 3, joked that he was excited and honoured to appear.

'Excited because it's ITV and I was looking around,' said Ross who announced in January he was quitting the BBC after 13 years.

Covered up: Actress Ophelia Lovibond wears a maxi dress with embellished shoulders

Britain's Got Talent stars Flawless, who appear in new movie Streetdance 3D, looked sharp in matching tuxedos

Bloom presented the family film trophy to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Radcliffe, who apologised for the absence of his co-star Rupert Grint due to sickness, said: 'It's fantastic for us, six films in with two more to go, to still be getting this kind of recognition.'

Watson added: 'This is such an incredible honour. It's so wonderful that you still love these films. We still love making them.'

Kylie Minogue presented a special recognition award to the Harry Potter series of films.

Producer David Heyman, who obtained the rights to JK Rowling's books, said making the movies was a team effort, with more than 2,000 people involved in each one.

'On behalf of the Harry Potter family I'd like to thank Jo Rowling for giving us the books. Without her we wouldn't be here,' he added.

And the winners are:

Action/Thriller - Sherlock Holmes
Family - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Fantasy - The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Breakthrough Movie - The Times Traveler's Wife
Performance of the Year - Robert Pattinson
Special Recognition - Harry Potter
Screen Icon - Tom Cruise


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