‘La La Land’ Wins Five BAFTAs, Continuing Its Oscar Momentum

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Emma Stone, Mel Brooks, Viola Davis and Casey Affleck with their Bafta awards. Photograph: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Reprinted from The New York Times by Christopher Shea on February 12, 2017.

La La Land scooped up five EE British Academy Film Awards, or Baftas, on Sunday, adding some fuel to its fire as it marches toward what is viewed as a likely victory at the Oscars later this month.

The movie won best picture; best cinematography; best music; best actress, for Emma Stone’s performance; and best director, for Damien Chazelle, at the awards ceremony, held in London.

Manchester by the Sea won the award for best original screenplay, and Casey Affleck grabbed the best actor prize for his performance in the film. (Affleck’s fiercest competition for the Oscar, Denzel Washington in Fences, wasn’t nominated.) And Viola Davis continued her awards season roll, gathering another best supporting actress trophy for Fences.

Lion, a sweeping epic starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, took home two awards, for Patel’s supporting performance and for best adapted screenplay. I, Daniel Blake, a movie by Ken Loach about a man taken through the wringer by Britain’s national health care system, won the prize for best British film.

The Baftas are generally considered Britain’s answer to the Academy Awards, but they have a spotty record for predicting what might happen in Los Angeles: Last year The Revenant made a clean sweep of the actor, director and picture categories at the Baftas, but lost the best picture Oscar to Spotlight.

Awards shows have taken a turn for the political in the United States since President Trump’s inauguration, but Bafta winners and presenters steered largely clear of politics on Sunday night. Notable exceptions included the Manchester by the Sea writer Kenneth Lonergan, who praised his daughter for protesting Trump’s election. …

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Best Editing went to John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge.

Best Sound went to Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare – Arrival

BAFTA’s complete list of winners.


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