Having already cleaned up at Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, La La Land won big across the pond, racking up five BAFTAs at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards on Sunday (February 12).
Among the haul for the modern musical were awards for original music and direction (Damien Chazelle), and a Best Leading Actress trophy for star Emma Stone.
“In a time that’s so divisive, I think it’s so special we were able to come together tonight thanks to BAFTA, to celebrate the positive gift of creativity and how it can transcend borders and how it can help people to feel a little less alone,” Stone said in her acceptance speech.
The BAFTA success could be a good omen for the film as the recipient for Best Film has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture six times in the last decade.
But La La Land didn’t win every award in which it was nominated. Stone’s co-star, Ryan Gosling, came up short in the Best Leading Actor category as Casey Affleck won for his work in Manchester by the Sea. The heart-breaking drama also bested the musical in the Original Screenplay category.
Other big winners were Lion’s Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor and Fences star Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress, who took her time on stage to tell an emotional story about her father.
“When he took his last breath, one of the most devastating things that went through my mind is: Did his life matter?” she said.
“August [Wilson] answers that question so brilliantly, because what he did is he said that our lives mattered as African-Americans,” she added, referring to the late creator of the play on which Fences was based.
“The horse groomer, the sanitation worker, the people who grew up under the heavy boot of Jim Crow, the people who did not make it into history books – but they have a story, and those stories deserve to be told, because they lived,” she concluded.
Below is the complete list of winners from the 2017 BAFTA Awards.
“La La Land,” Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Casey Affleck, “Manchester By the Sea”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Viola Davis, “Fences”
“Manchester By the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Lion,” Luke Davies
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes, Gabor Sipos
“13th,” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, Howard Barish
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
“I, Daniel Blake,” Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers), “Under the Shadow”
EE RISING STAR AWARD (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC)
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
MAKE UP AND HAIR
“Florence Foster Jenkins,” J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Jungle Book”
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
“A Love Story,” Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King
BRITISH SHORT FILM
“Home,” Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA (PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED)
BAFTA FELLOWSHIP (PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED)