'La La Land' wins best film Bafta

As award season continues on the road to the Oscars, we take a detour at the BAFTA Awards 2017, to have the British Academy honor the best in film.

Damien Chazelle has proven that it pays to be a fool who dreams by picking up the award for Best Direction for his work on La La Land at the 2017 Baftas.

The musical romantic comedy-drama starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have 11 nominations including prime categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

The ceremony is being presented by long-running host Stephen Fry at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Other guests braving the cold to walk the red carpet included Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, whose London home Kensington Palace is close to the Royal Albert Hall.

If Meryl Streep's criticism of President Trump at the Golden Globes is anything to go by, though, the biggest headlines of the night could well come from the acceptance speeches.

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Barry Jenkins, director of best-picture nominee Moonlight, said, "People ought to speak from their heart".

The latter film, about female mathematicians working at Nasa, is up for best adapted screenplay at the Baftas. "If there's something you've got to say, then say it".

Accepting the award for outstanding British film, 80-year-old Loach said filmmakers stand "with the people" and took aim at the government.

The film - an unflinching examination of life in the United Kingdom benefits system - beat other titles such as Denial, Notes On Blindness and the JK Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

"The rest of us on the other side - film makers know which side they are on and despite the glitz and glamour of occasions like this, we are with the people".

Best-actress contenders are Stone; Amy Adams for Arrival; Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train; Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins; and Natalie Portman for Jackie.

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