'La La Land' Wins Best Film at British Academy Film Awards

Posted February 13, 2017

La La Land has already smashed the record for the most Golden Globes, winning seven prizes last month.

Best Leading Actress nominees are: Amy Adams ("Arrival"), Emily Blunt ("The Girl On The Train"), Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Meryl Streep ("Florence Foster Jenkins") and Natlie Portman ("Jackie").

The dreamy tribute to the heyday of Hollywood musicals also picked up gongs for cinematography and original music, in the ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The BAFTAs differ from their USA counterpart in having a separate category for best British film.

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And in a popular pick among the audience in the Royal Albert Hall, Londoner Dev Patel, 26, won best supporting actor for his performance in "Lion", which charts the real-life story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple.

"I especially like it in a profession that could be considered narcissistic".

"In a time that's so divisive, I think it's really special that we were all able to come together tonight, thanks to BAFTA, to celebrate the positive gift of creativity, and how it can transcend borders and how it can help people to feel a little less alone".

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Dev Patel, who was named best supporting actor for his role in "Lion", said he was already a victor before the ceremony.

"I'm just so happy he's the leading man now and that he's been given the platform to become a leading man, and he's taking it with a vengeance and I'm so happy for him". "I feel like a victor", he told AFP outside the Royal Albert Hall.

Stars that are confirmed to attend include: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, J.K. Rowling, Andrew Garfield, Nicole Kidman, Daisy Ridley and Jamie Dornan.

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