Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks give William and Kate a Hollywood royal welcome as they join a galaxy of stars at Los Angeles Bafta gala

By Daily Mail Reporter

Green goddess: Jennifer Lopez looked stunning in a revealing green gown as she arrived in downtown Los Angeles to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event tonight

They are some of the biggest stars in the world and are treated like the Hollywood version of royalty.

But Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and Nicole Kidman were among the A-listers having to take a back seat to the star power of true royals The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this evening.

They joined a slew of celebrities from film and television at a special Bafta Brits to Watch gala which took place at the Belasco Theatre in the Downtown area of Los Angeles.

The stars were certainly pulling out the stops for the event, which was held to honour and promote young British talent.

Lopez looked stunning in a one shouldered forest Emilio Pucci gown, slashed at the side, complete with an embellished sleeve.

The dress served to show off the American Idol judge's curvy figure as she waved to fans during a brief pose on the carpet.

Nicole Kidman also looked stunning in a baby blue Elie Saab Haute Couture gown with beading detail, teamed with Manolo Blahnik heels.

Meet and greet: Nicole Kidman wowed onlookers in a Elie Saab Haute Couture blue hand embellished gown

Hollywood royalty: Tom Hanks arrived at the event with his wife Rota Wilson, who wore an ice blue floor length gown with silver purse

Dressed in a tuxedo, Tom Hanks smiled broadly as he arrived with his wife Rita Wilson, who wore an ice-blue floor length gown.

Meanwhile Jennifer Garner and Blake Lively both arrived alone with Lively's rumoured new boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio on holiday in Italy.

Without husband Ben Affleck, Garner wore a one shouldered midnight blue gown while Lively went for a more daring look in a sheer ice blue number.
Towering sheer heels completed the look.

Ladies in blue: Jennifer Garner sported a midnight blue one shouldered gown, while Blake Lively arrived in a sheer pale blue gown with bead detail

Hollywood welcome: Jack Black and his wife Tanya pose for photographers outside the event

They were joined by Jack Black, who beamed as he arrived on the carpet with his wife Tanya who wore a red gown and wedge style sandals.

But the event wasn't just reserved for Hollywood stars.

British star Cat Deeley, who is based in Los Angeles and hosts talent show So You Think You Can Dance, arrived looking stunning in a halterneck pale blue gown, with her blonde hair in loose waves down her back.

Best of British: Cat Deeley, who hosts So You Think You Can Dance on U.S. television, arrived in a pale halterneck gown

She joined a slew of other celebrities wearing paler colours on the carpet.

Zooey Deschanel plumped for a sparkling silver Oscar de la Renta number while Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and actress Elizabeth Banks chose white for the occasion.

Banks sported a one shouldered white gown with gold button detail and strappy sandals.

However tennis ace Anna Kournikova went for a more striking green one shouldered number, joining Maria Bello and Glee star Kristin Chenoweth who wore metallic tones in Donna Karen silver and BCBG Max Azria gold respectively.

White stuff: Zooey Deschanel wore a sparkling mid length number, while Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss looked stunning in a strapless white gown and Elizabeth Banks wore a gold and white one shouldered dress

Glam in green: Tennis ace Anna Kornikova, actress Maria Bello and Kristin Chenoweth stand out in green, silver and gold

Desperate Housewives actress Dana Delany looked excited as she arrived in a strapless sea green and navy dress, clutching a rather bizarre orange and black stole.

Weeds actress Mary-Louise Parker and Captain America actor Chris Evans also joined the party, with Parker in a striking red gown.

But they had to wait at least an hour to mingle with the royal couple.

Hollywood welcome: Dana Delany, Mary-Louise Parker and Chris Evans were among the stars hoping to meet the royal couple

Prince William and Kate were late to the red carpet after their journey from Santa Barbara where William competed in a polo game.

Before going inside the event, the royal couple took time to meet some of their waiting American fans, shaking hands and chatting with several onlookers.

William gave a short introductory speech where he gave a jokey mention to Colin Firth's Oscar winning role as his great grandfather King George VI.

Red carpet ready: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived an hour late to the event after being delayed at the polo

'I'd like to thank Colin Firth for my opening line: "I have a voice,"' he said, before urging Hollywood to embrace a new wave of British talent.

'Please give them the opportunities you have always extended to some of the brightest and best that Britain has to offer,' he said. 'When American and British creative talent gets together, magic happens.'

After the introduction, the royals mingled with the stars.

Kate, wearing a floor length lavender gown, was spotted sharing a joke with Hanks and Wilson, while Prince William chatted with singer Barbra Streisand.

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Hollywood welcome: The couple sweep past the waiting press to meet a slew of tinsel town's biggest stars


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