‘La La Land’ was the big winner at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.
The feel good movie musical triumphed at the annual awards ceremony – which took place on Sunday (12.02.17) at the Royal Albert Hall in London – scooping five awards including the Best Film prize.
Emma Stone also took home the Best Actress in a Leading Role award for her part as Mia whilst filmmaker Damien Chazelle won Best Director.
Producer Jordan Horowitz said: “I think film, when at its best, reveals there is more tying us together than tears us apart.”
In her acceptance speech for Best Actress, Emma spoke of the importance of “coming together” in a time where the world was so “divisive”.
She shared: “This country – and the US, and the world – seems to be going through a bit of a time, just a bit … In a time that’s so divisive I think it’s so special we were 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.”
Elsewhere, Casey Affleck picked up the gong for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his part in ‘Manchester By The Sea’ and Viola Davis’ emotional performances in ‘Fences’ opposite Denzel Washington secured her the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award.
Dev Patel led the way for the British stars in attendance at the event, taking home the Best Actor in a Supporting Role gong for his critically-acclaimed performance in ‘Lion’.
Speaking on stage, he said: “Oh my God this is so overwhelming, I sit at home and watch this with my family, who are here with me tonight, and it’s such an overwhelming feeling. I love you guys. This is a film about family and a love that transcends borders, race, colours, anything and you guys are my driving force …
“And to my amazing team, who had the insane task of trying to get this Indian dude, this noodle with wonky teeth and a lazy eye and floppy hair work in this really hard industry. To you guys, you’re my hero.”
Tom Holland came out on top in the vote for EE Rising Star whilst Mel Brooks took home the biggest prize of the night and was honoured with this year’s BAFTA fellowship, which was presented by BAFTA’s President Prince William.
*Sourced by Bang Showbiz