The American musical-drama film ‘La La Land’ swept the top five awards at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA. The film directed by Damien Chazelle had Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as the lead characters.
The film clinched the award for best film, best director, best actress, best cinematography and best original music, surpassing the strong competition it faced from other great films including 'I, Daniel Blake', 'Arrival', 'Lion' and 'Manchester by the Sea'.
Other major awards included Best actor, which went to Casey Affleck for his role in 'Manchester by the Sea', Best Original Screenplay, which again went to the director of Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan and the Outstanding British Film award that went to the popular state-drama 'I, Daniel Blake' directed by veteran director Ken Loach.
Furthermore, the award for best-supporting actor male went to the British-Indian actor Dev Patel for his performance in 'Lion' and the award for best-supporting actress female was given to Viola Davis for her role in the film, 'Fences'.
The winning streak displayed by the film 'La La Land' up until BAFTA is expected to continue further, especially since it has 14, a record number of nominations at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards ceremony (Oscars) that is scheduled to be held on 26 February 2017.
Full list of winners
Outstanding British film
I, Daniel Blake
La La Land
Damien Chazelle -La La Land
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Emma Stone -La La Land
EE Rising Star award
Best original music
La La Land
Best supporting actor
Dev Patel -Lion
Best supporting actress
Viola Davis –Fences
Best original screenplay
Manchester by the Sea
La La Land - Linus Sandgren
Best make up & hair
Florence Foster Jenkins - J. Roy Helland and Daniel Phillips
Best costume design
Jackie - Madeline Fontaine
Arrival - Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, and Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Best British short animation
A Love Story- Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, and Elena Ruscombe-King
Best British short film
Home- Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, and Scott O'Donnell
Hacksaw Ridge- John Gilbert
Best production design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Stuart Craig and Anna Pinnock
13th- Ava DuVernay
Best film not in the English language
Son of Saul - László Nemes and Gábor Sipos
Best adapted screenplay
Lion - Luke Davies
Best animated film
Kubo and the Two Strings - Travis Knight
Best special visual effects
The Jungle Book - Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, and Adam Valdez
Best debut by a British writer, director or producer
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)
Outstanding British contribution to cinema
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