Musical drama “La La Land” took home the 2017 British Academy Film Awards for the best film, while Emma Stone, the lead cast and director, Damien Chazelle picked up awards for best actress and best director respectively. Indian origin, British actor, Dev Patel won the best supporting actor award for ‘Lion’ at BAFTA.
La La Land won five awards in total to keep its hot streak in the movie awards season going before the Oscars later this month, as it also picked up awards for cinematography and original music.
During the award ceremony Donald Trump came into the dias talk as a topic with his controversial decision to build a wall on the Mexican border and his highly critical immigration ban and restricted vetting.
“In a time that’s so divisive I think it’s really special that we were able to come together… 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,” said Emma Stone during her acceptance speech.
“La La Land”, a musical romantic, comedy drama about an aspiring actress and a jazz pianist who are trying to build their career in Hollywood, had been nominated for 11 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. Prior to BAFTA, the movie bagged seven awards in the Golden Globes. It has a joint-record of 14 nominations for the Academy Awards scheduled for 26 February.
26 year old, Londoner, Dev Patel, won the best supporting actor for his performance in “Lion”, which portrays the real-life story of an Indian boy adopted by an Australian couple. The film also won an award for best-adapted screenplay.
Viola Davis, who won the prize for best supporting actress for her performance in “Fences”alluded to issues with race relations in the United States in her acceptance speech, and defended Meryl Streep, who was criticised by Trump after the Golden Globes. “Anyone who labels Meryl Streep ‘an overrated actress’ obviously doesn’t know anything about acting,” she told reporters. “That’s not even just directed towards Donald Trump, that’s directed towards anyone.”
Many of the celebrities who attended the award ceremony talked about the political interventions. American director Mel Brooks, who wrote and directed “The Producers”, a 1968 comedy about the producers of a musical about Nazi Germany, also made light of the current political situation.
“I’m not afraid of Trump, not at all,” Brooks told reporters, after he won an award for contribution to film, known as the Fellowship. “I think he’s mostly an entertainer.”