BAFTAS-Affleck, Stone and Tom Holland big winners

This year’s Bafta Film Awards boasted a particularly formidable line-up of nominees.With Casey Affleck and Emma Stone among the favourites for gongs.

La La Land lead the pack: 32-year-old director Damien Chazelle’s nostalgic Hollywood musical was nominated in 11 categories, and won in six including Best Picture and Best Director.

British director Ken Loach finally won his first non-honorary Bafta for gritty benefits drama I, Daniel Blake, which has already won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In his acceptance speech, Loach attacked the “callous brutality” of the UK government.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Spider-Man actor Tom Holland took home the trophy for the EE Rising Star award, the only category voted for by the public.

Award season darling La La Land picked up six big awards at the award show including Best Picture, Director, Original Music and Cinematography.

The BAFTAs are often seen as an indicator of who will win at Hollywood’s Academy Awards, held two weeks later. La La Land already is a dominant force at the Oscars, with 14 nominations. It also has won seven Golden Globes.





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