Here are some of the key highlights of this year’s BAFTA awards:
- La La Land led from the front: The Hollywood musical was nominated in 11 categories, and won in five, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film and Best Actress for Emma Stone. Just ahead of the Oscars, the film shows no signs of slowing down, with it dominating every single award show ceremony so far. La La Land has already smashed the record for the most Golden Globes, winning a total of seven awards last month.
- British director Ken Loach has finally won his first non-honorary Bafta for gritty benefits drama I, Daniel Blake which had already bagged the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, which talks about the struggles of living in the UK on the benefits system seemed to have hit the right notes. The director condemned the government as he accepted the award for outstanding British film. He apologised for making a political speech so early on, but said: “Thank you to the academy for endorsing the truths of what the film says, which hundreds and thousands of people in this country know. The most vulnerable and poorest are treated by the government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful, a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee children we promised to help and that’s a disgrace too.”
- Casey Affleck who plays a grieving handyman in gritty drama Manchester by the Sea seemed taken aback by his win, saying: “The room looks very different from here. My heart is beating.”
- In the Supporting Actor category, Dev Patel won for his performance in “Lion” — which also won the BAFTA for the Best Adapted Screenplay title for Luke Davies. For Best Supporting Actress, Viola Davis took home the honour. Patel, 26, was greeted with a round of applause as he accepted the prize for best supporting actor for family drama Lion, about a man who was adopted as a child and is trying to find his family in India. He is nominated in the same category at the Oscars. He was caught on camera, saying: “Wow, that just happened”, before describing the win as “so overwhelming”.
- Stephen Fry, who was hosting the BAFTA gala for the 12th time, took a swipe at Trump. While welcoming veteran actress Meryl Streep to the ceremony, he said Streep was “one of the greatest actresses of all-time. Only a blithering idiot would think otherwise.”
- Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s “Son of Saul” won the award for Best Film not in the English Language, while “Kubo and the Two Strings” emerged as a surprise winner in the Animated Film category, and “The Jungle Book” won for special visual effects.
- EE’s Rising Star award, the only category in which the public is allowed to vote was won by Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland.
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