The 70th BAFTA Awards has taken place, celebrating the best of British in the film world from the previous year.
A host of British stars took to the BAFTA’s red at the Royal Albert Hall, including host Stephen Fry, Emily Blunt and Felicity Jones. The Duchess of Cambridge attended the star-studded event with Prince William, who presented the BAFTA Fellowship Award to American director, Mel Brooks. The 90-year-old filmmaker and comedian raised laughs when he promised not to sell it on eBay but did slip up when he referred to Prince William as Philip.
Much like the Golden Globes and the Oscar nominations previously, musical comedy La La L
and, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dominated the nominations receiving 11 nods and they didn’t walk away empty handed. The film triumphed several times on the night despite tough competition in the Best Film category, against Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, Arrival, Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight. The film won three of the biggest awards winning, Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.
The category for leading actress was a tough race to be in, with Emma Stone for La La Land, Natalie Portman for Jackie, Amy Adams for A
rrival, Emily Blunt for The Girl On The Train, and Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins all up for the prestigious award. The award was won by Emma Stone who gave a heartfelt speech following her win. Leading actor nominations also mirrored those of the Oscars and Golden Globes, with Andrew Garfield up for Hacksaw Ridge, Casey
Affleck for Manchester By The Sea, Ryan Gosling for La La Land, Jake Gyllenhal for Nocturnal Animals, and Viggo Mortenstein for Captain Fantastic. Casey Affleck scooped the top prize.
Other notable wins of the night included Viola Davis (Fences) for best supporting actress and British star Dev Patel (Lion) who won best supporting Actor. As well as the award for best actor Manchester By The Sea also won best original screen play. Prince William presented the fellowship award to Mel Brooks joking they had run out of actors to present an award. The Prince was mocked earlier in the night by host Stephen Fry after it was revealed he was related to Danny Dyer, a joke he took in good humour.
During the evening there was a touching tribute paid to some of the high-profile stars that passed away in 2016 with Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder and Alan Rickman amongst those remembered in an emotional montage of footage.
There was also a political edge to the evening with many of the stars speeches referencing Donald Trump’s presidency and travel ban, with Emma Stone, Stephen Fry and Viola Davis all drawing attention to current issues.
Th fun kicked off earlier in the evening with the stars showing off their outfits on the red carpet. See some of the best looks below…
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge
Eddie Redmayne with his wife Hannah