After the Golden Globes raid, La La Land stock up on Baftas. The romantic musical triumphed on Sunday in London, on the occasion of the presentation of the British film awards, by winning the prizes for best film, best director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone. The film will also be the big favorite at the Oscars ceremony on February 26, with 14 nominations.
This romance between an aspiring actress and a jazz musician, sung and danced by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which has already grossed more than 270 million dollars worldwide, has established itself in London in front of First contact, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, I, Daniel Blake to win the Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for best film.
Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress
On the women’s side, the trophy for best actress naturally went to Emma Stone. ” This country [le Royaume-Uni]the United States and the world seem to be going through a particular period and to be at such a divisive time that I find it really precious that we have been able to come together, thanks to the Bafta, to celebrate the positive”, declared in a press conference the best actress of the evening.
She won ahead of Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Natalie Portman (jackie), Amy Adams (First contact) and Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train). Among the directors, Damien Chazelle, 32, won ahead of Ken Loach, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan and Tom Ford.
For Best Supporting Actress, Viola Davis in American Drama Fences by Denzel Washington who won ahead of Nicole Kidman (Lion), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea).
“Anyone who calls Meryl Streep an overrated actress is someone who knows nothing about acting,” the American actress said at a press conference when asked about President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Oscar-winning actress who criticized him at the Golden Globes.
Dev Patel ahead of Jeff Bridges and Hugh Grant
As for the Bafta for best actor, it escaped Ryan Gosling, the jazz pianist from La La Land, to be attributed to the American Casey Affleck, brother of Ben Affleck. He interprets, with subtlety, a confused tutor in the drama Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan who also won 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 native country in search of his origins. The British actor won ahead of Jeff Bridges (Comancheria), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).
Regarding the technical awards, La La Land won the Bafta for best original music, jackiethat of the best costumes and First contact that of the best sound. You will not kill won the Bafta for best editing while the jungle book walked away with the prize for best special effects. Best Cinematography went to First contact.
I, 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 The Son of Saul by Hungarian Laszlo Nemes won the Bafta for best foreign language film. As for documentaries, it was the American Ava Duvernay who won with 13th.
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Bafta 2017: “La La Land” wins all the awards