40 of the most stunning BAFTAs looks of all time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Cate Blanchett

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Marion Cotillard in 2013; Lupita Nyong'o in 2018; Cate Blanchett in 2005.
Marion Cotillard in 2013; Lupita Nyong'o in 2018; Cate Blanchett in 2005. Getty Images

Elizabeth Taylor stood out next to her husband, Richard Burton, at the 1967 BAFTAs.

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Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton. Keystone / Stringer / Getty Images

That year, Taylor won her first BAFTA for Best Actress for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?"

Taylor and Burton met on the set of the 1963 film "Cleopatra" and wed in 1964. They had an off-and-on romance, getting divorced and remarried — and then divorced again.

Susannah York posed for the camera in a dress with a thigh-high slit at the 1971 BAFTAs.

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Susannah York. Express / Stringer / Getty Images

York won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her work in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

Christopher Reeve looked dapper in a classic tux as he attended the 1979 BAFTAs with his girlfriend, Gae Exton.

Christopher Reeve with Gae Exton
Christopher Reeve with Gae Exton. Hulton Deutsch / Getty Images

Reeve would win Most Promising Newcomer that year for his iconic role in bringing Superman to life.

Jane Seymour dressed in crimson with black stockings at the 43rd annual BAFTAs in 1990.

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Jane Seymour. Ron Galella / Getty Images

Seymour, who is perhaps best known for her work in the James Bond franchise, is pictured at the Bel Age Hotel in Los Angeles, California. During the 1991 awards ceremony, the London-based host, Noel Edmonds, spoke via satellite to Billy Connolly, who was hosting the ceremony from Los Angeles.

Stephanie Beacham dressed in all white for the 1992 BAFTAs.

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Stephanie Beacham. Ron Galella / Getty Images

Beacham appeared on soap operas like "The Colbys" and "Dynasty."

Julia Roberts, pictured with her "My Best Friend's Wedding" co-star Rupert Everett, was the picture of class at the 1998 BAFTAs.

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Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett at the 1998 BAFTAs. Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images

Roberts, who looked elegant in this simple, maroon jersey dress, posed with her co-star, Rupert Everett, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in their hit movie.

Sean Connery channeled his native Scotland at the 1998 BAFTAs.

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Sean Connery. Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images

The original James Bond skipped the tuxedo for an emerald kilt.

Nicole Kidman posed with her award at the 2003 BAFTAs.

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Nicole Kidman. Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Kidman, who won for Best Actress for "The Hours," opted for the elegant simplicity of a white silk dress.

In 2005, Cate Blanchett stunned in a beaded Armani gown.

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Cate Blanchett. Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Blanchett won Best Supporting Actress that year for her role in "The Aviator."

Charlize Theron looked like Hollywood royalty in a blue satin Lanvin gown in 2006.

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Charlize Theron. Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

Theron was nominated for Best Actress that year.

Penelope Cruz's delicate gown, designed by Oscar de la Renta, stood out on the red carpet at the 2007 BAFTAs.

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Penelope Cruz. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Cruz's dress had imagery reminscent of a snowy mountain forest.

Emily Blunt shined like a star in a Marc Bouwer gown at the 2008 BAFTAs.

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Emily Blunt. Fred Duval / Getty Images

The "Mary Poppins" actor has been nominated for three BAFTAs in her career.

In 2008, Daniel Day-Lewis wore a traditional tux accented with maroon stripes.

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Daniel Day-Lewis. Dave Hogan / Getty Images

The method actor won his third of his four BAFTAs during the 2008 ceremony for Best Actor for "There Will Be Blood."

Keira Knightley knew how to make an appearance at the 2008 BAFTAs.

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Keira Knightley Jon Furniss / Getty Images

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star wore Valentino couture.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie complemented each other in classy outfits at the 2009 BAFTAs.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Getty Images

Matching in black, Pitt wore a Tom Ford tux while Jolie's dress with a bolt of yellow was from Giorgio Armani's Privé collection.

Freida Pinto dazzled on the red carpet at the 2009 BAFTAs.

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Freida Pinto. Antony Jones/Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images

Pinto, who had just shot to fame with the release of "Slumdog Millionaire," wore a peach dress designed by Oscar de la Renta.

Carey Mulligan wore a floral Vionnet dress with YSL shoes in 2010.

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Carey Mulligan. Fred Duval / Getty Images

During the ceremony, Mulligan won Best Actress for her role in "An Education."

Designer Tom Ford and actress Julianne Moore were all smiles at the 2011 BAFTAs.

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Tom Ford and Julianne Moore. Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Getty Images

Moore, who was nominated for Best Actress, radiated in a blue velvet dress designed by Ford. She won her first BAFTA in 2015 for Best Actress for "Still Alice."

Emma Watson was magical at the 2011 BAFTAs.

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Emma Watson. John Phillips / Getty Images

The "Harry Potter" actress wore a nude, floor-length Valentino dress.

Marion Cotillard was a ray of sunshine in 2013.

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Marion Cotillard. Samir Hussein / Getty Images

She teamed her bright yellow Christian Dior Haute Couture dress with a red lipstick that really made her look pop.

Helen Mirren's pink hair and shimmery Nicholas Oakwell gown were a sight to behold at the 2013 BAFTAs.

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Helen Mirren. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Mirren, who was nominated for Best Actress that year, looked like she stepped out of a fairy tale.

Model Laura Bailey reminded everyone why she is a fashion icon at the 2014 BAFTAs.

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Laura Bailey. Mike Marsland / Getty Images

Bailey wore a Temperley London gown to the occasion.

Naomie Harris was the picture of elegance at the 2014 BAFTAs.

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Naomie Harris. Danny Martindale / Getty Images

The "James Bond" actress wore a plunging Gucci dress.

Lea Seydoux looked stunning in Prada in 2015.

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Lea Seydoux. Karwai Tang / Getty Images

The French actress wore a flowing dress with cap sleeves.

Matt Smith and Emilia Clarke charmed in 2016.

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Emilia Clark and Matt Smith. Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Getty Images

Fans of "Doctor Who" are used to seeing Smith in a bow tie, though not quite so dressed up.

Meanwhile, Clarke wore a red hot Victoria Beckham gown.

Alicia Vikander brought an edgy look to the 2016 red carpet with this floor-length, leather Louis Vuitton gown.

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Alicia Vikander. Barcroft Media / Getty Images

She was nominated for both Best Actress (for "The Danish Girl") and Best Supporting Actress (for "Ex Machina") at the 2016 awards but did not take home either trophy.

Idris Elba looked sharp in an Armani suit at the 2016 BAFTAs.

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Idris Elba. Ian Gavan / Getty Images

The British actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Beasts Of No Nature."

Emma Stone accepted the Best Actress award for "La La Land" in 2017 - and did it in style.

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Emma Stone. Samir Hussein/WireImage

The actress wore an embellished Chanel Couture "drouser," a dress-trouser hybrid, according to Harper's Bazaar.

Andrew Garfield broke tradition that year.

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Andrew Garfield. David M. Benett / Getty Images

The Best Actor nominee went for a white Burberry tuxedo jacket.

Amy Adams was a vision in green at the 2017 BAFTAs.

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Amy Adams. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

She wore a Tom Ford gown with emerald drop earrings by David Webb.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly turned heads at the 2017 BAFTAs.

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Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Samir Hussein / Getty Images

Kate Middleton stunned with an off-the-shoulder, floor-length Alexander McQueen gown emblazoned with white flowers.

Lupita Nyong'o brought high fashion to 2018's red carpet with this Elie Saab wonder.

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Lupita Nyong'o. Samir Hussein / Getty Images

Nyong'o also wore a "Time's Up" pin.

Saoirse Ronan also rocked all-black with a high-neck Chanel gown with a sheer skirt.

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Saoirse Ronan in 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Ronan was nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Lady Bird" but lost to Frances McDormand.

Jennifer Lawrence also wore black to the 2018 awards ceremony.

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Jennifer Lawrence. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Her regal dress was designed by Dior.

Timothée Chalamet chose a bold new look at the 2019 BAFTAs.

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Timothée Chalamet. Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Chalamet, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Beautiful Boy," stole the show in his silver, red, and black Haider Ackermann suit.

Margot Robbie also stood out in a bold-shouldered gown designed by Chanel.

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Margot Robbie attends the British Academy Film Awards in 2019. Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images

Robbie was nominated for best supporting actress at the award show for her role in "Mary Queen of Scots," and certainly turned heads on the red carpet. According to Vogue, the couture gown took over 690 hours to create.

Prince William and Kate Middleton both looked elegant at the 2020 awards show.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton. Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

A BAFTAs regular attendee, Kate Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen gown she previously wore in 2012. At the award show, actor Brad Pitt made a joke about Prince Harry leaving the UK for California, and the Duke and Duchess' awkward reactions were caught on camera.

Alice Eve wore a white fringed gown with sheer detailing.

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Alice Eve arrives at the British Academy Film Awards 2020. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

The dramatic gown was designed by the European high fashion house Ralph & Russo.

Scarlett Johansson stunned in a pink gown with cutouts and feather detailing at the 2020 BAFTAs.

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Scarlett Johansson. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

She wore a custom Versace gown to the award show, where she was nominated for best actress for "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress for her role in "Jojo Rabbit."

Renee Zellweger was also a vision in pink at the award show, where she won the best actress award.

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Renee Zellweger with the Best Actress award at the 2020 BAFTAs. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

She wore a structured Prada column gown to accept her award for "Judy."

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