However, it’s what happened after she was awarded the gong that got people talking, as Stephen remarked: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards ceremony dressed like a bag lady.”
Twitter users were quick to jump to the defence of Jenny, who sported a dressed-down look at the bash, wearing dark trousers and a leather jacket, claiming he’d crossed a line with his jibes (particularly given his own polarising choice of attire for the evening).
Uncool of Stephen Fry to say bafta winning costume designer dressed like a 'bag lady'. I was thinking it was cool she wore what she wanted.— Jo Elvin (@jo_elvin) February 14, 2016
Stephen fry insulting a costume design despite wearing a repurposed snooker table.— Mark Salmon (@_marksalmon) February 14, 2016
Note to Stephen Fry: Jenny Bevan didn't look like a bag lady. She looked like one of the kick-ass Vuvalini in Mad Max. #EEBAFTAs— Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann) February 14, 2016
Oh Stephen Fry and your snidey, sneery bag lady comment. True colours? #BAFTAs— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) February 14, 2016
'Bag lady'? Says the man dressed as my great aunt's dining room curtains. #EEBAFTAs— Miss L (@ProResting) February 14, 2016
Stephen Fry, a woman can come to the Baftas dressed as she wants. #baglady— Jessica Angharad Lee (@jessangharadlee) February 14, 2016
Nice of Stephen Fry to horribly insult a BAFTA-winning costume designer by saying she looked like a "bag lady". Sure that's made her day.— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) February 14, 2016
Oh, do one, Stephen Fry. I loved costume BAFTA went to woman in comfortable shoes. #baglady— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) February 14, 2016
Stephen has since taken to Twitter to respond to his critics, telling them exactly what he thought of those who had something to say about his joke.
In other words, he’s told them to - in his words - “fuck off”.
Insisting that his comment was simply banter between two good friends, he wrote: “Will all you sanctimonious fuckers fuck the fuck off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet.”
Goodness. Move over, Ricky Gervais, eh?
In a slightly more family-friendly tweet, he also said: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Bevan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."
We’d show you the tweets themselves, but it appears Stephen has since deleted not just the posts but his entire Twitter account.
Fortunately for Stephen, he wasn’t the only star to raise eyebrows with comments made during the BAFTAs ceremony, with Rebel Wilson’s opening speech dividing opinion with her jokes about race and “practising her transgender face” to potentially win an acting award in the future.