One for the Little Guy

Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe and a host of other A-listers were working the red carpet in London's West End, waving to fans, chatting with the press — and dragging a trail through an inch of white foam. Torrential rain had reacted with a fire-retardant chemical in the carpet, making it froth up like bubble bath. As countless pairs of Jimmy Choos were ruined, their owners could only turn for the camera and smile.

A surreal moment for the visiting Hollywood élite, and an embarrassing one for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (bafta)...

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