LONDON -- Helena Bonham Carter turned up to the Orange British Academy Film Awards in an elegant black Vivienne Westwood gown and black satin shoes, scotching speculation she was about to repeat her kooky Golden Globes appearance where she wore sunglasses and mismatched green and pink heels.
"It was basically just indecision; I'm a Gemini and I couldn't decide," she said. "I think of fashion as fun, said Bonham Carter, who is nominated for best supporting actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in The King's Speech,
"I kept my head down the day after, but several friends told me 'you won't believe the uproar this has caused.'
"This feels very grown up for me, I'm actually feeling quite elegant," she said of her BAFTA outfit. I'm wearing Vivienne Westwood. She does lots of things for the body; you don't have to do the dieting, you don't have to do the starvation: She does this amazing body engineering and it is all in the gown."
Partner Tim Burton – in town to present the lifetime achievement award to Christopher Lee – also protested the dress code.
"This is the first time I've worn a tie in the last two years; I feel like I'm being choked to death."