By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN, JODY THOMPSON and JESSICA SATHERLEY
Stunning: Emma Watson was wearing a beautiful off-the-shoulder nude chiffon floor length pleated frock for the Baftas in London
It was the biggest night of the year for the British film industry as the great and the good from here and across the Pond gathered in London for the Bafta awards.
But of course, no star-studded showbiz event would be complete without oodles of red carpet glamour.
And Harry Potter star Emma Watson led the charge last night for home grown beauty as she shone on the red carpet at the Royal Opera House in a stunning floor length nude gown.
Stunning: Emma, left, was described by JK Rowling as like 'my daughter' as they posed with the Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema award for the Harry Potter films
She was hoping not to repeat her wardrobe malfunction of a pre-Baftas party on Saturday night in London, when she inadvertently flashed her chest with some tape keeping her plunging frock in place gave way.
Talking to Sky News, the Harry Potter actress said of the film's Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema award on the night: 'We're really honoured, it's nice to be able to accept it on behalf of all the hundreds of Brits who have been involved in the film over the past 10 years.'
Honoured: Emma Watson spoke of Harry Potter being awarded Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema award, saying: 'We're really honoured'
The actress stood next to JK Rowling on the red carpet, who described Emma as 'like my daughter'.
Bafta winner Helena Bonham Carter, who won Best Supporting Actress for The King's Speech, arrived in trademark Vivienne Westwood, a flawless black and very slightly regal frock.
Talking to reporters on the red carpet, she joked that she didn't worry about the constant comments about what she was wearing.
Newcomers: 14-year-old nominee for True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld, wore a black lace Prada dress but admitted that she was freezing without a coat, meanwhile Minnie Driver also braved the cold in a long white gown
With reference to her outfit at the Golden Globes, she laughed: 'I am wearing matching shoes, I got it right! To be honest, I just put my head down, I wouldn't leave the house if I did (pay attention to the comments). I just put on what I want and leave the house.'
She added that the success of The King's Speech had taken everyone by surprise too.
Helena exclaimed: 'It's a tiny movie, we didn't think that a king who can't speak would be a huge commercial success. You can't predict it. But people really genuinely love it and that's the best you can hope for, just making people a little bit happier.'
Red carpet glamour: Helena Bonham Carter looked glamorous in her trademark Vivienne Westwood meanwhile Julianne Moore stunned in blue velvet
Meanwhile, Julianne Moore stunned in a blue velvet strapless dress and bright red lipstick for a glamorous entrance.
Moore was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Kids Are All Right.
Homegrown beauties: Rosamund Pike, left, wore and Alexander McQueen gown while Natasha McElhone, right, wore tattoo-embellished Escada
Also looking the business was 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, who is also up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in True Grit. She was wearing a black lace Prada number.
The film with the most nominations is The King's Speech with 14 nods, and director Tom Hooper was one of the early arrivals.
The look of love: Colin Firth and his Italian wife Livia couldn't hide their affection for one another in front of the cameras
Sir Paul's pick: Sir Paul McCartney arrived with his daughter Mary and partner Nancy Shevell, and told reporters that although he contributed a song to The Social Network, he prefers The King's Speech as a film
Talking to reporters, he said he was thrilled to be there. He added: 'We're at The Royal Opera House, the temple of the human voice, celebrating a film about a man who can't speak. There's a nice irony about that.'
The King's Speech also grabbed the attention of a number of other celebrities and Sir Paul McCartney told Sky News that he was a big fan of the British Film.
He said: 'The King's Speech was a great film this year, along with The Social Network. We've got a song in The Social Network but I prefer The King's Speech.'
Nominees: Colin Firth arrived on the red carpet with his wife Livia with a proud look on his face as his film The King's Speech has been nominated for a whopping 14 awards , meanwhile Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton arrived arm in arm for the event also
Other British beauties dazzling in the chilly February rain included Kimberley Walsh and Rachel Stevens, who sparkled under the flashbulbs.
New mum Rachel, 32, showed off her post-baby body in a dazzling long gown, with a bejewelled bodice that glittered off her glowing skin.
Girls Aloud singer Kimberley also wore a long gown which had a plunging neckline and was decorated with snowflakes that looked pretty twinkling under the lights.
Lady in black: Gemma Arterton looked stunning in a flowing black velvet dress with a royal blue bow, rormer Bond girl Eva Green also opted for black elegant long-sleeved gown but Amy Adams opted for peach
Both girls are hosting red carpet coverage of the annual event for Orange, who sponsor the awards.
Other stars on the red carpet included Nicholas Hoult, artist Tracey Emin - also in Vivienne Westwood - Emma Watson's Harry Potter co-star star Rupert Grint and The Social Network star
Jessie Eisenburg with Kevin Spacey, one of the film's producers.
British star Andrew Garfield meanwhile, a Best Supporting Actor Nominee, said he felt overwhelmed to be there.
'The fact that I'm in the company of these actors that I'm nominated with...I feel so privileged to be in their company and I find them all so inspiring,' he gushed.
Scarlet fever: Sarah Harding made sure to turn heads at the Baftas in a bright red dress with a thigh-high split and matching peep-toe heels, while Jessica Alba sported a bright colour in a royal blue strapless gown
Pretty in pink: Thandie Newton looked beautiful in a floral pink strapless gown and Jameela Jamil also took part in a floral theme in a black and red flower printed dress
Those who weren't nominated for any awards still tried to steal the spotlight in bright dresses, such as Sarah Harding's scarlet red gown that boasted a thigh-high split up her leg and matching peep-toe heels.
Jessica Alba also opted for a bright splash of colour, and sashayed down the red carpet in a royal blue strapless frock.
All that glitters: Rachel Stevens, who will be hosting the event from the red carpet for Orange, sparkled in her bejewelled dress as she arrived at the ceremony
Snow queen: Kimberley Walsh's dress was decorated with lots of a glittering silver pattern as she posed for the cameras
Thandie Newton and Jameela Jamil both opted for floral designs on their gowns, which looked both feminine and sexy at the same time.
Both Gemma Arterton and Eva Green went for classic black with rouge lips for an ultra sultry and elegant finish.
Arterton has been nominated for the Rising Star Award and told reporters: 'I'm so excited, but if anyone else won it, they'd deserve it too.'
Jesse Eisenberg presenting BAFTA Award for Special Visual Effects
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