Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make a rare red carpet appearance at the BAFTA awards in London. Click for more photos

BAFTAs red carpet

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make a rare red carpet appearance at the BAFTA awards in London.

Some of the biggest stars of the big screen are out in London for the British film awards.

The temperature was hardly Hollywood, but Britain's fickle weather relented. The sun shone as nominees including Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio walked the red carpet outside London's Royal Opera House.

The BAFTAs, or British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, are being hosted by Stephen Fry with big name guests including Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files).

Lily Allen has been criticised for her red carpet geisha look.

Lily Allen has been criticised for her red carpet geisha look. Photo: Getty

Anderson posed for photographers in a vintage 1949 dress, while Luther star Ruth Wilson was dressed more for the chilly evening weather in a silver suit.

12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o posed for pictures on the red carpet in an emerald green Dior dress with matching shoes and gold cuffs and belt.

Cate Blanchett, who won the best actress award for her role in Blue Jasmine, wore a black Alexander McQueen gown with a silver floral motif.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stole the show in his and hers tuxedoes. The couple attended to support the cast of 12 Years a Slave, which Pitt helped produce.

While matching couples outfits can often go very wrong, Pitt and Jolie wowed the critics with their choice of couture. Jolie opted for a custom-made Saint Laurent suit with Tiffany jewels, smoky eyes and an undone bowtie, while Pitt chose a more traditional Valentino look.

Singer Lily Allen had one of the more left-of-centre looks on the red carpet, wearing a brightly coloured Vivienne Westwood dress. But the London Telegraph reports the accessories are where Allen fell down. "Woah there Lily Allen! Your Vivienne Westwood gown is statement enough. The cartoon eyeliner and Geisha Girl hair trimmings are waaay OTT", commented the fashion critics.

Emma Thompson also failed to impress fashion critics with her giant white coat, which the Telegraph said made her look like "a cross between a Liberace tribute act and a reverse Mrs Santa".

Maggie Gyllenhaal opted for something unusual with her choice of a purple vintage Lavin gown. The heavily embellished lace dress was complemented with pink lips and no jewellery to speak of.

Best actress nominee Amy Adams wore a black dress by Victoria Beckham, and revealed the inspirations for her American Hustle character's faux-British accent: "Marianne Faithfull and Julie Christie."

Another American Hustle star and BAFTA nominee Bradley Cooper impressed on the red carpet with a navy Alexander McQueen suit.

Oprah Winfrey flaunted her curves in a lace-topped gown. Winfrey, 60, was nominated for best actress in a supporting role for her role in The Butler.

Also among the guests is the Prince William, who is presenting the Fellowship award to Dame Helen Mirren.

William, who is president of the academy, said the awards were "a wonderful way" to recognise the British film industry.

- with PA