The British Academy Film Awards were handed out on Sunday, with heavy-hitters like “La La Land’ taking a few of the top categories. Emma Stone was on hand to accept her award for best-actress, telling the crowd “this country and the US, and the world seems to be going through a bit of a time.” She was not the only recipient to reflect on political upheavals throughout the evening, a trend that is likely to reappear when the US hosts the Oscars in two-weeks.
Many critics look to the BAFTAs as an indicator into who will win at the Academy Awards, using the ceremony as a guide when picking their early winners. “La La Land” was nominated for a stunning 14 Academy Awards this year, tying with “All About Eve” and “Titanic”. Neither of those films won all 14 categories, giving “La La Land” a small chance to win more than any other film in the Academy’s history. “La La Land” was already a winner at the box-office, topping a gross of over $294M during its time in theaters. The musical also took home seven Golden Globes this year.
At the BAFTAs “La La Land” was nominated for 11 awards, still an amazing achievement for any film. Stone wasn’t the only member of the film to receive an award this weekend, the film’s director, Damien Chazelle, also won. “La La Land” also took home awards for Best Picture, Cinematography and Music. In the end, the escapist musical won five awards out of the 11, and will head to the Oscars in just a few weeks.
Ryan Gosling was nominated for Best Actor, but didn’t take home the award. The prize went to Casey Aflek for his role in “Manchester by the Sea”. Kenneth Lonergan, the director of “Manchester by the Sea,” won for best original screenplay. Prince William was also at this year’s event, he also serves as president of Britain’s film academy. The popular Prince presented the academy’s lifetime-achievement honor to Mel Brooks.
Dev Patel won the award for Best Supporting Actor, he starred in “Lion” with Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. The film also won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Best Supporting Actress went to Viola Davis for her work on “Fences”. The film was directed by Denzel Washington, who also co-starred in the film.
A few of the expected favorites won of course, including Ada DuVernay’s “The 13th,” which won for Best Documentary. The winner of Best British Film went to festival favorite “I, Daniel Blake,” from Ken Loach. Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul” won the award for best foreign-language film.
The Academy Awards will air on ABC on February 26, 2017, the event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.