Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Baftas 2017: Stars descend on London for ceremony

Baftas 2017: Stars descend on London for ceremony

Hollywood stars mingled with British royalty on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, where "La La Land" was favored to dance away with multiple trophies.

Best documentary has gone to 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay who is in Queenstown with Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon filming Wrinkle in Time. Hosted by acclaimed comedian, actor and presenter Stephen Fry, this year's ceremony is set to take place at London's famous Royal Albert Hall, with "La La Land" topping the charts with nominations in 11 categories.

Both William and Kate wore black and white - he a tuxedo, she an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown and glittering chandelier earrings.

Emma Stone won the best actress award for her role in "La La Land", while her co-star Ryan Gosling was beaten in the leading actor category by Casey Affleck. "La La Land" already is a dominant force at the Oscars, with 14 nominations.

In an awards season that seems unprecedented in the political stakes, the famously left-wing director, who is celebrating 50 years since winning his first BAFTA, echoed the sentiment of Meryl Streep, who used her Golden Globes speech to attack Donald Trump.

Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role in Fences, an adaptation of an August Wilson play in which she had previously starred on Broadway.

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The stars brought a dose of glamor to gray, wintry London, as hundreds of fans lined the red carpet outside a domed concert hall beside London's Hyde Park.

Barry Jenkins, director of best-picture nominee Moonlight, said, "People ought to speak from their heart".

Double BAFTA-winner Manchester By the Sea director Kenneth Lonergan said that after the USA election in November his daughter woke up in tears "She turned 15 two weeks ago and she has been on five protest demonstrations in that time", he added.

And while the luscious La La Land was the favourite, academy voters could choose to reward less escapist fare.

Apart from this Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone starrer, also leading the nominations are top notch contenders like "Arrival", "Nocturnal Animals".

"La La Land" also claimed awards for the best original music and cinematography.

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