BAFTA Winners Announced (UPDATING LIVE)
- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts 70th movie awards are under way at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Stephen Fry is hosting the ceremony for the 12th time.
Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” has the most nominations with 11, while Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama “Arrival” and Tom Ford’s psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals” both received nine, and Kenneth Lonergan’s family tragedy drama “Manchester by the Sea” had six. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “I, Daniel Blake” took five nominations each. “Moonlight” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” were nominated four times. BAFTA chair Jane Lush took the stage ahead of the ceremony’s official start, hitting a political note as she commented on diversity issues within the industry. Lush said it was shocking that in the 21st Century “your gender, race and background can still hold you back.” She also remarked on the success of British talent in U.S. films, commenting that she feared “someone might build a wall across the Atlantic to keep us out.” After an on-stage performance by Cirque du Soleil to open the show, host Stephen Fry took the stage.
In his opening remarks he also took a swipe at Donald Trump. While welcoming Meryl Streep to the ceremony he said Streep was “one of the greatest actresses of all-time. Only a blithering idiot would think otherwise.” Turning his attention to Casey Affleck he then joked he was “one of the best actors in his family.” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” took the first award of the night for Outstanding British Film.