Olga Kurylenko The Golden Unicorn Awards

Over the weekend, filmmakers, film stars, models and socialites descended to London to celebrate the Golden Unicorn Awards. Held at the spectacular recently renovated Ball Room of Sheraton Grand Park Lane at Mayfair, the awards ceremony was the culminating act of Russian Film Week.

Natalia Vodianova The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ

Natalia Vodianova

Ikon London Magazine, as media partners of the event, joined supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Bond-girl Olga Kurylenko, TV presenter Vikrotiya Yakubovskaya, Rupert Everett and Brian Cox at the glitzy gala ceremony and gourmet three-course dinner.

Olga Kurylenko The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ

Olga Kurylenko

The mission of the annual event is to “build a bridge between the English-speaking world and the Russian people.” The unique unicorn statuettes made of Bohemian crystal glass with 24-carat carat gold leaf were given to the winners in nine nominations.

Filip Perkon, Founder and General Producer of the Golden Unicorn Awards, said: ‘The Golden Unicorn Awards have now become an important annual event in the Russian and European film industry calendar. In current turbulent times, such cross-cultural projects are particularly important, as they provide a cultural bridge between creative people allowing them to keep making great content and celebrating their work internationally. We are happy to welcome a full house of 270 film directors, actors, writers, casting directors and patrons at our ceremony, and also support the work of Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation along the way. I congratulate all the nominees and winners’.

Brian Cox – the President of International Jury

Brian Cox The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ

Brian Cox

British actor Brian Cox, the President of International Jury of the Golden Unicorn Awards, mentioned the level of excellence of the nominees. ‘This year, it is a particular honor to support Russian Film Week and the Golden Unicorn Awards. Given the political situation, rather than ‘jump ship’, it is important to maintain and strengthen our cultural links. The films I’ve seen over the last week have been stupendous, on an extraordinarily high level, a level I haven’t seen in a long time. Deciding the nominees was very hard’, he said.

Bond-girl, Johnny English-girl Olka Kurylenko has also joined the panel of the International Jury this year.

Natalia Vodianova raised £160,000 for Naked Hearts Foundation

The event started with a gala dinner and a charity auction in aid of Naked Heart Foundation, established by Natalia Vodianova. With only six lots (!), £160,000 was raised for Naked Heart programmes helping families of children with special needs. 

Natalia Vodianova The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova, model, philanthropist, founder of the Naked Heart Foundation said: ‘It’s incredibly heartening to see such a wealthy array of Russian culture that the Russian Film Week brings to London, and we at the Naked Heart Foundation are proud and honoured to be the chosen charity partner of the Golden Unicorn Awards. It’s fantastic to see this collaboration between film and charity, which enables us to continue our work in helping children with special needs and their families in my home country’.

Exclusive entertainment was provided by The Penelopes, the Cannes Film Festival band, Russian rock and blues musician Eugeny Margulis and Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep).

Olga Kurylenko, Tamara Orlova Alvarez The Golden Unicorn Awards 2018 © JOE ALVAREZ

Olga Kurylenko, Tamara Orlova Alvarez

Fashion at the Golden Unicorn Awards

Speaking of two main headliners of the Awards ceremony – Olga Kurylenko and Natalia Vodianova – their fashion choices couldn’t be more different.

Always stylish Olga Kurylenko, who is often seen wearing classic cuts and looks, chose elegant Ellie Saab dress. The dress features a slim leather belt – for that chiseled waistline – and a very long split that revealed her toned long pins. Olga paired her dress with warm-gold open-toe stilettos and diamond dangling earrings.

The super-models and mother of five (!) Vodianova wore white and baby-blue dress by Ulyana Sergeenko featuring a wide red satin belt, intricate embroidery and ruffled ‘sleeves’. Natalia chose silver open-toe shoes to accompany her look.

 

The full list of winners of the Golden Unicorn Awards 2018

Best Film

How Viktor “The Garlic” Took Alexey “The Stud” to the Nursing Home. Director – Alexander Hant

Best Screenplay

How Viktor “The Garlic” Took Alexey “The Stud” to the Nursing Home

Best Actor

Evgeny Tkachuk (How Viktor “The Garlic” Took Alexey “The Stud” to the Nursing Home)

Best Actress

Irina Starshenbaum (Summer)

Best Emerging Talent

Timothy Zhalin, Director (Coupled)

Best Documentary

INTO Nation of the Great Odessa

Best Short Film

The sign

Best Foreign Film with a Russian connection:

Sergio & Sergei

Best Foreign Documentary Film

A Sniper’s War

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