That’s awkward! Ex couples who might bump into each other this award season

There’s nothing worse than an awkward run-in with a old flame. For most of us, it’s easy enough to hide behind a tree, pretend to be on our phones or start power-walking in the opposite direction. But for these celebrity exes, it’s going to be a lot harder to avoid the garbled small talk when they’re face-to-face with a former partner at one of this season’s many award ceremonies.

With the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Academy Awards all on the horizon, here’s the celebrities we’re secretly hoping might have a cringeworthy red carpet run-in at one of this year’s many awards bashes.

Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton
Helena Bonham Carter

After an impressive 13 years of marriage, everyone’s favourite Hollywood goth couple called it a day back in December. The couple met back in 2001 when he directed her in the remake of Planet of the Apes, and although they never tied the knot, they have two kids together: Billy Ramond, 11 and Nell, 7.

How awks is that gonna be? According to a rep for Bonham Carter, the pair “separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children,” so we’re unlikely to see any stormy glares thrown on the red carpet.

Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow
Chris & Gwyneth

After “consciously uncoupling” in March last year, Chris and Gwyneth spent Christmas together along with their two kids, Apple and Moses, in the Hamptons. Their close friendship sparked rumours that the pair were set to consciously recouple – until Chris was spotted on a cosy sushi date with are-they-aren’t-they gal pal Jennifer Lawrence…

How awks is that gonna be? Last week, Heat magazine reported that Chris and Gwen were set to take on a hardcore New Age detox after Christmas at a spa in Palm Springs. The question is: what does Gwen think of Chris’s naughty sushi binges with Jen? Will she pelt J-Law with bunches of kale on the red carpet?