It was La La Land's chance to shine (again) at last night's EE BAFTAs, one celebrating the 70th anniversary of the glitziest night in Britain's filmmaking calendar. Yet it was also an evening in which several other frontrunners showed their awards mettle. Here's our rundown.
La La Land hits the high notes
Grabbing Best Film above heavyweight contenders like Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, as well as Best Director for Damien Chazelle, there's no denying the jubilant spirit of this smash-hit musical exerted as much magic over BAFTA as it did at the Golden Globes.
It also nabbed a deserved Best Original Score award for composer Justin Hurtwitz' showstopping tunes and Best Cinematography for Linus Sandgren's lush visuals.
Lion sends out a mighty roar
Critically acclaimed drama Lion, recounting adopted author Saroo Brierley's search for his birth mother won Best Supporting Actor for the superb Dev Patel's inspiring performance as the adult Saroo, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Luke Davies.
Casey Affleck triumphs
The fight for this year's Best Actor was a tough one with many tipping La La Land's Ryan Gosling for the top gong. In the end however BAFTA awarded a very different but equally impressive performance: Casey Affleck's powerfully introverted and subtle lead in Manchester by the Sea.
Director Kenneth Lonergan is renowned as something of an actor's director and clearly Affleck's broiling, fiercely controlled turn contained everything needed to impress awards voters. The movie also nabbed Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan himself.
Emma Stone sings it loud and proud
The most endearing acceptance speech of the night? It had to be the La La Land star who saw her commitment to singing and dancing paying off when she walked away with Best Actress. It was hilarious when she struggled to take the BAFTA itself from presenter Hugh Grant, but also inspiring when she reinforced the movie's message about dreams, aspirations and happiness.
Viola Davis hits a home run
The Fences actress won Best Supporting Actress, and her performance as Denzel Washington's on-screen wife clearly resonated with its sense of sense integrity and quiet dignity. In a year when diversity is the buzzword Viola's win has been seen as a triumph and her impassioned acceptance speech summed up the power of the movie itself.
The other winners
Elsewhere it was terrific to see Britain's Tom Holland nab the BAFTA Rising Star (that will lend some awards cache to the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Babak Anvari land Best British Debut for his outstanding, Iran-set ghostly chiller, Under the Shadow.
British institution Ken Loach also used his win for Best British Film for I, Daniel Blake to reinforce the emotional themes of his acclaimed drama. Meanwhile Kubo and the Two Strings nabbed Best Animated Feature over strong competition Zootropolis, Moana and Finding Dory.
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