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The romantic musical “La La Land” won the Bafta for Best Picture, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone. Ken Loach won the award for best British film.
The romantic musical “La La Land” triumphed at the Bafta, the British Oscars, by winning the awards for best film, best director, and best actress, Sunday 12 February.
This romance between an aspiring actress and a jazz musician, sung and danced by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, had already hit the Golden Globes as well as the American prizes awarded by directors and producers and is a big favorite at the Oscars with 14 nominations.
The film, which has already grossed more than $ 270 million worldwide, won ahead of “First Contact”, “Moonlight”, “Manchester by the Sea”, “Me, Daniel Blake” to win the Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for best film.
The trophy for best actress naturally went to Emma Stone.
“This country (the United Kingdom: Editor’s note), the United States and the world seem to be going through a special period and to be at a time so divisive that I find it really precious that we were able to be brought together, thanks to the Bafta, to celebrate the positive, “said the best actress of the evening at a press conference.
She won ahead of Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Amy Adams (“First Contact”) and Emily Blunt (“The Train Girl”).
Among directors, Damien Chazelle, 32, won ahead of Ken Loach, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan and Tom Ford.
For Best Supporting Actress, Viola Davis in Denzel Washington’s American drama “Fences” won ahead of Nicole Kidman (Lion), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Hayley Squires (“Me, Daniel Blake”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”).
As for the Bafta for best actor, he escaped Ryan Gosling, the jazz pianist of “La La Land”, to be awarded to the American Casey Affleck, brother of Ben Affleck. He plays, with subtlety, a confused tutor in the drama “Manchester by the Sea” by Kenneth Lonergan which also obtained the Bafta for best screenplay.
Best Supporting Actor went to Dev Patel in “Lion”, for his portrayal of Saroo, a child from Calcutta who lost his family and was adopted in Australia but returns to his homeland in search of his origins.
Ken Loach, Best British Film
“Me, Daniel Blake” by Ken Loach, already crowned with the Palme d’Or at Cannes last May, was awarded the Bafta for best British film, while “Le Fils de Saul” by Hungarian Laszlo Nemes left with the Bafta for best foreign language film.
This terrifying dive into one of the crematoriums of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau won the Grand Prix at the last Cannes film festival.
As for documentaries, the American Ava Duvernay won with “13th”.
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“La La Land” triumphs at the Bafta, Ken Loach wins the award for best British film