La La Land may have been the big overall winner at the BAFTAs last night (February 12), but some unexpected choices from the judges meant it wasn’t the landslide many had predicted.
Among the surprise winners were Casey Affleck, whose unforgettable performance in Manchester by the Sea meant he beat the feel-good musical’s leading man Ryan Gosling to the Best Lead Actor award. And, as we predicted on Friday (February 9), ex-Skins star Dev Patel caused an upset when he saw off Oscars favorite Mahershala Ali to be named Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a young man’s search for his real mother in Lion.
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And while Viola Davis‘ win in the Best Supporting Actress category was expected, Emma Stone‘s award for Best Lead Actress for her role in La La Land was far from being in the bag, thanks to a formidable group of fellow nominees that included Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, and Emily Blunt, not to mention the one and only Meryl Streep.
Emma eventually carried the day, despite the latter being singled out by host Stephen Fry earlier in the evening:
Emma’s award was one of five won by La La Land, with the others being Best Film, Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Cinematography, and Original Music.
Far from handing out every award to the multi-nominated paean to classic Hollywood musicals, BAFTA spread the love far and wide. In particular they honored Manchester by the Sea and Lion, as mentioned above, which, by each bagging two awards in the screenplay and acting categories, were the second-most garlanded films of the night.
In fact, so many films got a look-in, with I, Daniel Blake, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Arrival each winning one award apiece, it was almost as if the judges wanted no one to miss out.
With such a strong field of contenders, it was inevitable some did, however. Nocturnal Animals failed to win any of the nine awards it was nominated for, while Moonlight, a film considered one of La La Land‘s biggest competitors for the Oscars, also went home empty-handed.
As ever at the BAFTAs, Hollywood stars mingled with British royalty, and by “royalty” we don’t mean Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston, both of whom were on hand to present awards.
No, we mean actual royalty, as HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine, were in attendance. The former, as president of BAFTA, took to the stage to announce the award of a BAFTA Fellowship to Mel Brooks:
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