Hollywood’s romantic musical ‘La La Land’ won in five categories of its 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Leading Actress for Emma Stone, at the 70th BAFTA Awards here on Sunday.
The movie was also honored for its Original Music by Justin Hurwitz and Cinematography by Linus Sandgren at the Royal Albert Hall, setting high expectations from the film’s journey at the forthcoming Academy Awards, where it has 14 nominations.Stone, who plays an aspiring actress in the movie, said “La La Land was one of the greatest working experiences of my life”.
She also thanked the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for bringing the industry together to ‘celebrate the positive gift of creativity, how it can transcend borders and make people feel a little less alone’,
Her co-star in the film, Ryan Gosling lost out the Best Leading Actor accolade to Casey Affleck’s performance in ‘Manchester By The Sea’.
Nevertheless, the ‘La La Land’ team had much to cheer.
Chazelle beat competition from Denis Villeneuve (‘Arrival’), Ken Loach (‘I, Daniel Blake’), Kenneth Lonergan (‘Manchester by the Sea’) and Tom Ford (‘Nocturnal Animals’) for the Best Director honour.
The movie about a romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who chase their dreams — also had a golden run of winning seven honours at the 74th Golden Globe Awards last month.
SEE the full list of winners
Best film – La La Land
Leading Actor – Casey Affleck ( Manchester by the Sea)
Leading Actress – Emma Stone ( La La Land)
Supporting Actor – Dev Patel ( Lion)
Supporting Actress – Viola Davis ( Fences)
Outstanding British Film – I, Daniel Blake
EE Rising Star – Tom Holland ( Winner)
Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea
Cinematography – La La Land
Best Director – Damien Chazelle ( La La Land)
Adapted Screenplay – Lion
Outstanding Debut – Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers) ( Under the Shadow)
Film Not in the English Language – Son of Saul
Documentary – 13th
Animated Film – Kubo and the Two String
Editing – Hacksaw Ridge
Make Up and Hair – Florence Foster Jenkins
Costume Design – Jackie
Production Design – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Special Visual Effects – The Jungle Book
Original Music – La La Land
Sound – Arrival
British Short Film – Home
British Short Animation – A Love Story