The prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts or the BAFTAs held their annual ceremony last night. The night threw up a few surprises and celebrated diversity. Moonlight was snubbed and attendees refrained from getting too political. Here are the highlights:
La La Land swept up five awards including Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Film.
Tom Holland—the next Spiderman— won the EE Rising Star award.
I, Daniel Blake a film about a middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare won the Outstanding British Film.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won Best Production Design.
Son of Saul— a Hungarian Holocaust drama— won Best Film not in the English Language.
Lion— starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel—picked up the gong for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel. Dev’s speech where he was lost for words was one of the highlights of the night.
Arrival and Nocturnal Animals were nominated for nine Baftas each. Only Arrival won for Best Sound.
Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for Fences and spoke about the lack of African-American centred films in the press conference after the award ceremony
Manchester By the Sea won Best Original Screenplay with lead actor Casey Affleck — who is also tipped off to win the Oscars picking up Best Actor.
Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Film beating favourites Finding Dory and Zootopia.
The Jungle Book won Best Special Visual Effects
War drama Hacksaw Ridge won Best Editing
Actor, comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks was awarded the Bafta fellowship—the organisation’s highest honour.