The relocation of the BAFTAs to Royal Albert Hall didn’t defuse the excitement of the Brits prime awards show. With Stephen Fry as host, it proved to be a entertaining ceremony, as well as one with both expected and unexpected winners. As would be anticipated, the Brits showed a lot of love to their own, recognizing British films that have failed to rack up awards this season thus far. But the number of American winners of BAFTAs were still impressive.
As far as surprises (but expected for the BAFTAs), Lion finally received some recognition, pulling in the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Fantastic Beasts won Best Production Design, while Florence Foster Jenkins got some love with a win for Best Makeup & Hair.
Along with surprises, there were also some wins for awards season favorites. La La Land took home five awards for Best Film, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Cinematography, Best Actress (Emma Stone), and Best Original Music, while Manchester by the Sea also did quite well with Best Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay.
Other surprising, but nonetheless deserving winners included Kubo and the Two Strings for Best Animated Film, Jackie for Best Costume Design, and Hacksaw Ridge for Best Editing. The Hungarian film Son of Saul was also a surprise for Best Non-English Film, given the film made the awards rounds last year, and managed to sneak into the BAFTAs for this year’s competition.
For the strictly British section of awards, 80-year old Ken Loach took home the award for Outstanding British Film in 2017 for his drama I, Daniel Blake (and gave an anticipated politically charged acceptance speech that most Brits anticipated and awaited). His film won the Palm d’Or at Cannes last year. Meanwhile, newcomer British-Iranian writer/director Babak Anvari received Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer for his feature film Under the Shadow, a film set in post-revolution and war-torn 1980s Tehran, Iran.
For the complete list of winners, see below:
Full List of Winners
Best Film : La La Land
Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Outstanding British Film in 2017: I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach (Director), Rebecca O’Brien (Producer), Paul Laverty (Writer)
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer: Under the Shadow by Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)
Best Cinematography: La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)
Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel (Lion)
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
Best Documentary: 13th
Best Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Lion
Best Visual Effects: Jungle Book
Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings
Best Film Not in English Language: Son of Saul
Best Production Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Original Music: La La Land
Best Sound: Arrival
Best Make-Up and Hair: Florence Foster Jenkins
Best Costume Design: Jackie
Best Editing: Hacksaw Ridge