The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards has returned to Sydney’s Opera House to give our homegrown thespians an opportunity to celebrate their successes this year – and a chance to dress up in their designer wears for a night of glitz and glamour.
The 2021 AACTA Awards red carpet, which will air on Channel 10 at 7.30pm on Wednesday, saw Hollywood heavyweights Russell Crowe and Rebel Wilson in attendance, alongside Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann and Succession star Sarah Snook.
Joining them at the ceremony was Eric Bana, Phoebe Tonkin, Simon Baker, Rachel Griffiths, Sam Neill, Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson, braving the dark grey clouds hanging over the Harbour City to commemorate another year of entertainment, albeit it a more socially distanced one.
But not everyone hit high notes in the fashion stakes at the stormy afternoon event, with a range of garish metallic gowns and accessories clashing with V-neck styles.
Keeping it simple: Emmy award-winning TV host Renee Bargh (left) wore a gown cut down to her belly button and jewellery-encrusted sandals to the big award’s night while real estate agent D’Leanne Lewis opted for a one shoulder gold dress (right)
Actress Danielle Cormack (left) wore a powder blue suit in an ode to the winter-style weather but her silver shoes let down the outfit while Reckoning star Simone Kessell (right) donned a slinky black gown with a cowl neck that wrapped around her neck
Wentworth actress Danielle Cormack opted for a sexy powder blue suit with a pair of tailored trousers which suited her small frame, but a pair of silver shoes with a gold buckle let down the ensemble.
Mummy blogger Olivia White, who asked her Instagram followers which gown she should wear before the event began, accidentally showed more than she bargained for when the nude-coloured undergarments to her dress flashed unannounced.
Meanwhile Rachel Griffiths donned a dramatic gold kimono-style ensemble with a matching metallic purse that unfortunately swamped her lithe figure and looked more like a Christmas star than an award’s night outfit.
Actress Mabel Li dared to bare in a cutout suede dress with her underwear and strapless bra on full display (pictured)
Rachel Griffiths (left) and blogger Olivia White (right) failed to hit the right notes in their gold-encrusted gowns
Mabel Li dared to bare in in a cutout skirt with a see-through long sleeve shirt and visible bra and underwear. Making a name for herself in SBS’ The Tailings she likely won’t be forgotten after today’s outfit choice.
The Bachelor host Osher Gunsburg opted for a quick workout before putting on his gold-flecked suit with matching sneakers but unfortunately it didn’t work out, with the two tones at odds with each other on the red carpet.
But not everyone failed to impress with Susie Porter, Sarah Snook and Charlotte Best bringing their A-game in colourful frocks.
Dapper: Actors Daniel Webber (left) and Remy Hill (right) looked sophisticated in their black tuxedos with matching bow ties
There were plenty of suited and booted men on the red carpet, including Hollywood actors Simon Baker, Eric Bana and Sam Neil
The leading ladies opted to amp up the drama with maximum bursts of brightness and stilettos, a welcome relief from the black and white options parading down the carpet.
Phoebe Tonkin, who looked effortlessly elegant in a black-and-white gown by Chanel, oozed Hollywood glamour as she posed in the gown, which revealed a generous glimpse of cleavage thanks to its plunging neckline.
Entertainment reporter Renée Bargh also sizzled in a dramatic black gown with voluminous sleeves. The Extra presenter also revealed a glimpse of skin thanks to her frock’s neckline, which plunged all the way down to her naval.
The cast of iconic Australian drama Wentworth were also spotted amid the fray, including beloved actress Danielle Cormack who dressed in a striking blue pantsuit.
She added quirky touch to the look with a pair of silver brogues and allowed her curly locks to fall loosely by her shoulders.
Danielle wasn’t the only star to don a power suit on the red carpet – The Living Room host Amanda Keller also wore a crisp white pantsuit.
There were plenty of suited and booted men on the red carpet, including Hollywood actors Simon Baker, Eric Bana and Sam Neil.