The Evening Standard Film awards 2013 started slightly inauspiciously as my last minute dress choice had to be washed and dried (in the office!) on the morning of the event. Oh, the glamour of it all!
Swooping into the entrance to the Marriot Hotel with the banks of paps in the early evening soon upped the glamour stakes, however, although of course they weren’t interested in either of us in the face of Hayley Atwell arriving at the same time... and the fact that, really, who were we?
It was a properly glamorous evening, sponsored by Moët and Chandon (they’d written the winners' names in Swarovski crystals on bottles of champagne – very cute!), with acres of red carpet to walk to get to the London Film Museum for a drink, and then on to the awards ceremony itself, where we all sat in the old GLC council chamber: a rather amazing circular room with individual speakers in each padded red leather seat.
Stephen Mangan (star of the brilliant Episodes with Tamsin Greig and Matt le Blanc) was our host for the evening and along with Sarah Sands, the editor of The Evening Standard, and gave a very funny speech.
The gorgeous Helen McCrory (loved her as ‘Julie’ in the recent TV series Leaving), was also there to present an award and was sitting right behind us with her husband Damian Lewis.
But the cherry on the top of the icing, on top of the large cake that has been the exhilarating thrill of Tom’s film Shadow Dancer, was seeing Andrea Riseborough looking completely stunning in her Jenny Packham dress, going up to get her best actress award from Terence Stamp for her portrayal of ‘Colette’ in the film. Terence said she had “the ability to tether her performances to the best of herself” to which Andrea replied “that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me, or my work.” She is (and I know I am biased, but am sure you will agree!) a brilliant actress who I sincerely hope will win the ‘Rising Star’ award at the BAFTAs on Sunday. There was quite a teary moment when she thanked Tom for writing such a strong female lead role.
The whole evening was a great celebration of British Film, and a very relaxed, upbeat event - I’m really inspired to go and watch the other two award-winning films, Sightseers and The Imposter.
And one last thing, although the event was
also supported by Chopard, I felt a million dollars in my CB 'Charleston' jewellery.
I paired my Charleston necklace and earrings (from our new 1920s-inspired 'Deco' collection, coming soon!) with a simple metallic dress.