Marion Cotillard and Carey Mulligan lead style stars at 2015 British Independent Film Awards

Fashion mavens Marion Cotillard and Carey Mulligan led a parade of stylish stars at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday (Dec. 6). While Macbeth star Marion made a memorable entrance in sparkly black Christian Dior Couture, her fellow best actress nominee and new mom Carey turned heads in a geometric jacquard Gucci gown featuring floral and bird details. The glamorous affair is a welcome preview of what's to come when Hollywood kicks off awards season in January.

Red carpet queens Marion Cotillard and Carey Mulligan were among the best dressed at the British awards ceremony. Photo: © Getty Images

While the red carpet was buzzing with show-stopping style (think Kate Winslet in a black cocktail dress with tailored blazer, Alicia Vikander in beaded Louis Vuitton and a suited-up Colin Farrell), inside the show proved to be just as action-packed. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was crowned belle of the ball, taking home the Best Actress trophy for her captivating performance in the immigrant love story Brooklyn.

The tale of a young woman torn between her Irish hometown and the new life she's built in New York hit close to home for the 21-year-old, who told Hello! that she drew inspiration for the role from her own mother’s journey from Ireland to the U.S. “A journalist I’ve known since I was a kid said it was my mom onscreen, and I don’t think I realized it but I feel like it was very much kind of channelling my mother, what she went through,” said the actress during a sit down chat at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. “She was a fiercely independent person, and New York really made her who she is."

Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan took home the prize for Best Actress. Photo: © Getty Images

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is currently winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl, but Sunday's ceremony saw her science-fiction flick Ex Machina taking home the night’s biggest prize, Best British Independent Film. And with four projects slated to be released next year, including The Light Between Oceans alongside Rachel Weisz and Michael Fassbender, the stunning 27-year-old shows no signs of slowing down.

SCROLL DOWN FOR ALL THE WINNERS

BEST ACTOR
Colin Farrell for The Lobster
Michael Fassbender for Macbeth
Tom Courtenay for 45 Years
Tom Hardy for Legend - WINNER
Tom Hiddleston for High-Rise

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ben Whishaw for The Lobster
Brendan Gleeson for Suffragette - WINNER
Domhnall Gleeson for Brooklyn
Luke Evans for High-Rise
Sean Harris for Macbeth

BEST ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl
Carey Mulligan for Suffragette
Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years
Marion Cotillard for Macbeth
Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn - WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Marie Duff for Suffragette
Helena Bonham Carter for Suffragette
Julie Walters for Brooklyn
Olivia Colman for The Lobster - WINNER
Sienna Miller for High-Rise

BEST DIRECTOR
45 Years, Andrew Haigh
Amy, Asif Kapadia
Ex Machina, Alex Garland - WINNER
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos
Macbeth, Justin Kurzel

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
45 Years
Amy
Ex Machina - WINNER
The Lobster
Macbeth

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Carol
Force Majeure
Girlhood
Room - WINNER
Son of Saul

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