It may have been a very British tea party, but an American actress ended up stealing the show at this afternoon's annual BAFTA event.
Michelle Williams looked stunning in a black and white Victoria Beckham designed dress, which she teamed with black Chanel heels and a geometric bag.
The 31-year-old actress, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in My Week With Marilyn, wore subtle make-up at the event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel.
|Stylish: Michelle Williams looked chic in a black and white dress with black shoes at today's BAFTA Los Angeles' 18th annual Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel|
Michelle was just one of a slew of stars whose films have been nominated at tomorrow's Golden Globes.
Charlize Theron, who has been nominated for Young Adult, cut a colourful figure in a Stella McCartney designed dress with a floral and net design at the front, which cut in daringly at the side.
She wore her blonde hair in a classy updo, complemented with a matte red lipstick.
Colourful figure: Charlize Theron looked bright and beautiful in her over-the-knee Stella McCartney number and Christian Louboutin shoes
Meryl Streep, who has been nominated for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady posed with Leonardo Di Caprio, who is also in the running for Best Actor for film biopic J Edgar.
The Oscar-winning actress looked smart in a red blouse and trousers, while DiCaprio wore a grey suit.
|Hollywood royalty: Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep pose together inside the Four Seasons Hotel at today's event|
Viola Davis, who beat Streep to the Best Actress gong at the recent Critics Choice Awards for her role in The Help, looked stunning in a simple light blue long sleeved dress.
At tomorrow's Golden Globes ceremony, she will be up against Rooney Mara for the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Glen Close for Albert Nobbs, Streep and Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin.
|Blue beauty: Viola Davis, a favourite for a Best Actress Oscar, looked stunning in a turquoise dress|
|Signing up: The actress autographed the plaque as she arrived at the annual event|
Meanwhile, Evan Rachel Wood whose film The Ides of March has been nominated in the Best Drama film category, opted for an edgier ensemble of patterned shirt open to reveal a black bra, and a red pencil skirt.
Hit British TV series Downton Abbey also had a representative in Elizabeth McGovern, who arrived sporting a purple floral number and black bag.
The white stuff: Evan Rachel Wood sported an edgy over-the-knee red pencil skirt, and patterned shirt with black bra peeping through, while The Artist actress Berenice Bejo stuck to a short sleeved white number
Purple passion: Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern wore a floral purple dress and black shoes, while Jane Seymour stepped out in a bright red ruffled red dress
Jane Seymour looked equally bright in a red knee-length dress with silver shoes.
Up and coming actresses Chloe Moretz and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also stepped out in the Los Angeles gloom for some tea and cake, with Chloe sporting an unusual mustard and black ensemble.
Clarke, 24, stuck to a more conventional white pretty lace outfit with electric blue sandals.
Young and successful: Chloe Moretz wore an unusual mustard and black coloured ensemble, while Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke looked pretty in white lace
Men of the moment: The Artist star Jean Dujardin looked dapper as he arrived on the red carpet, while Thor star Chris Hemsworth and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson joined in the fun
The Artist was also represented by French actor Jean Dujardin, who plays a silent movie star in the critically acclaimed movie.
Thor actor Chris Hemsworh looked dapper in black and grey while Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson plumped for an outlandish checked suit.
There was also a strong British presence with War Horse stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irvine, with Sir Ben Kingsley also stepping out on the carpet.
British presence: War Horse stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irvine were joined by Sir Ben Kingsley at the bash.
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