But, with the BAFTA Film Awards taking place on Sunday, and yours truly part of the red carpet reporting team, there was no time for hibernating; with a quick creosoting of Fake Bake and a dress so short it was practically illegal, it was always going to take a lot more than (wo)man flu to stop me on my 'Must touch Clooney/Pitt' crusade.
So despite the arctic weather conditions, and the tragic news of Whitney Houston's death - which naturally cast a sombre shadow on proceedings - the show DID go on. And in true tradition, it was an event for us Brits to be proud of. With Covent Garden on 'lockdown' and the world's media packed in like sardines, the crème de la crème of the movie world descended on the Royal Opera House for a night of fashion, film and... falling over.
I'm not one to laugh at another's misfortune, but in addition to Meryl Streep stumbling and losing her shoe on her way up to collect her Leading Actress award - only to be greeted and kissed (on the lips!) by the dashing Colin Firth - few others seemed to witness the, quite frankly hilarious, Kristen Wiig of Bridesmaids comedy fall.
Poor Kristen, fresh from finishing her stint as awards presenter with co-star Chris O'Dowd (which was predictably scripted, but in a good way), in a scene straight out her hit movie, she seemingly didn't see the huge stage lamp that was placed in her way and properly stacked it upon her stage exit! And I don't mean a little trip and then quickly trot off... oh no, I'm talking about, 'turned around, fell over the obstacle head first, flashed bum in air to the audience, crawled off into the wing dragged by the hostess in a state of acute embarrassment'.
Seriously, if I hadn't been in such opulent surroundings I would have whooped in that 'someone just dropped a glass' kind of uncouth way. Poor woman, I feel totally sorry for her. I saw her afterwards and to say she was a little mortified is an understatement.
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The red carpet arrivals were surprisingly on time and plentiful. The who's who of the film world all air kissing each other and being yanked around by their respective publicists, being offered up to the baying press like lambs to slaughter. I won't lie, all professionalism went completely out of the window upon my first sighting of Gorgeous George (Clooney), and with my true screaming banshee (you can take the girl out of Stevenage) roots, I yelled at the poor man as if my life depended on it for even the remotest moment of his time.
I was rewarded with a beaming smile from my fave silver fox - shame the same can't be said for Brad Pitt. Having clearly been given a 'free pass' from Angelina for the night, any hopes of a similar greeting were dashed as he legged it down the carpet and straight into the warmth of the theatre. Oh well, one out of two wasn't bad.
My favourite celebs of the night included the stunningly slim Naomi Harris, Kenneth Brannagh, Chris O'Dowd, Ralph Fiennes, Christina Hendricks and THAT dress, and of course, my fellow red carpet reporter, Miss Piggy. Sporting a designer frock especially for the occasion, that famous voice dripping in sarcasm and wit, she berated every female star she could.
Oh and I didn't escape her sharp tongue either. My NBF ridiculed my height, my hair, and warned me of what might happen should I even attempt to go near Mr Clooney. Well, at least she made that clear. I must say that her 'friend and helper' Eric is a delight and for someone who spent six hours shoved under a table, he was remarkably chirpy.
I'd like to say a special thanks to www.wishwantwear.com, who kindly sorted me out with a fabulous sparkly number and matching vintage accessories for the night. This site is a woman's must have. With hundreds of dresses to choose from, instead of forking out hundreds of pounds and then having it gather dust in the wardrobe, this site enables you to hire designer dresses at uber affordable prices.
This is the future of 'event' dressing, and with fans such as Liz Hurley and my stable mate Christine Bleakley using the company for some of her Dancing on Ice wardrobe, it's a website and number you wanna have on speed dial.
Ooh, and speaking of fashion, US and Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice is over in the UK next week launching her new clothing range. I'm going to be hanging out with her and covering the launch, so keep your eyes peeled for that and the gossip that I'm sure will ensue.
Tom Jones and his fluffy 'clown hair' during his Bond Theme opening number.
Cuba Gooding Jnr turning up to every event going this week, yet having absolutely nothing to talk about. I should know, I interviewed him twice and he had nothing to say. Twice. A lovely guy. though; so SORRY Cuba!
Jessica Brown Findlay (Sybil from Downton Abbey) taking hair inspiration from Corey Feldman... 'strand-gate' continues.
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