Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” went into Sunday’s BAFTA Awards with a leading 11 nominations, and won five awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography and Best Score. (Note: the BAFTAS doesn’t have a category for song, an Oscar race in which “La La Land” is far ahead.) It had been predicted to do much better below-the-line but lost the film editing award to the WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” the production design prize to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the sound race to the sci-fi flick “Arrival.”
As we predicted, “Manchester by the Sea” leading man Casey Affleck won Best Actor and that film’s writer/director Kenneth Lonergan took the Original Screenplay award. However, Affleck did not face off against his fiercest Oscar rival, Denzel Washington (“Fences”), who was snubbed by the British academy. Oscar favorite Viola Davis did win supporting actress for her stand-out performance in Washington’s film.
Supporting actor Oscar frontrunner Mahershala Ali lost here to the British-born Dev Patel (“Lion”) after being edged out at the Globes by another Englishman, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”). And Luke Davies won the adapted screenplay prize for “Lion,” which was based on the memoir “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley.
The Cannes film festival champ “I, Daniel Blake” won Best British Film. It reaped five BAFTA bids in all, including Best Picture. Rounding out that top race were nine-time nominee “Arrival,” six-time contender “Manchester by the Sea”and “Moonlight,” which reaped four bids but went home empty-handed. “Nocturnal Animals,” which did not number a Best Picture bid among its nine nominations, was also shut out.
Ava Duvernay‘s powerful examination of race and the criminal justice system, “13th,” won Best Documentary Feature. However, its main Oscar rival, “O.J.: Made in America,” was not in the running here.
Oscar frontrunner “Zootopia” lost the Best Animated Feature race to the critical darling “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
And the Foreign-Language Film Oscar frontrunner “Toni Erdmann” was edged out by last year’s Oscar winner “Son of Saul,” which was released in the UK in 2016.
The people’s choice for Rising Star was Tom Holland, who is to play Spider-Man in an upcoming reboot of that film franchise. The last actor to play the part of Peter Parker was Andrew Garfield who contends here for his leading role in Mel Gibson‘s WWII drama “Hacksaw Ridge.”
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