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Emerald Fennell won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman

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The past 12 months of lockdown life has seen a rise in the so-called ‘stealth’ pregnancy, whereby A-listers manage to conceal their first, second and sometimes third trimesters before announcing that they are set to become new parents. Such was the case for Ellie Goulding, and now it is so for Emerald Fennell, the newly Oscar-winning screenwriter, director and actress, who debuted her burgeoning bump at last night’s Academy Awards.

The 35-year-old emitted that famed pregnancy glow at the awards ceremony, wearing a floaty, floral gown by Gucci, as she collected her prize for Best Original Screenplay for her thriller, Promising Young Woman. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan as a woman seeking to avenge the death of her best friend, a victim of rape, was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Editing and Best Actress for Mulligan. Fennell was a front-runner for the award, having already scooped up the BAFTA and Writers’ Guild Award.

This will be Fennell’s second child with husband Chris Vernon, having given birth to her first son shortly after shooting the film in 2019. She has previously spoken about the experience of making the film while seven months pregnant, telling film critic Roger Ebert: ‘I think that’s the important thing. Like a lot of women, I was terrified that it would stop everything in its tracks. But women do much harder things—much harder things—than direct films when they’re seven months pregnant. Lots of women have done it before and will do it again, but the thing that’s important to say is that it was completely possible and it was completely fine. I was just incredibly grateful that I was working with people who were so cool about it. I think women can just do whatever they want to, really.’

A talented actress as well as writer and director, Fennell will be familiar to viewers of Netflix’s hit series, The Crown, in which she plays a young Camilla Parker Bowles (née Shand).

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