Trumpian Politics Take Center Stage Across Speeches — BAFTA Awards

In keeping with an awards season that has coincided with a wrenching change of government in the United States, even “La La Land’s” prizes came with a political tinge. We’re breaking down which major distributors have which horses in which races. Less glamorous than the Oscars, less feisty than the Golden Globes, this awards function is presumably of interest to its nominees and to film journalists who use the results to bolster their theories about someone’s Oscar chances, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else caring about it.

Fresh from victory at the Golden Globes, Hollywood musical “La La Land” leads the nominations on Sunday for Britain’s Bafta awards, which are seen as a good indicator for future Oscar triumphs.

The Manchester by the Sea star said he hoped more actors would speak out.

He won Best Supporting Actor over, among others, the Oscar frontrunner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”).

But we want to know what YOUR best film of the year has been. The make up and hair award went to Daniel Phillips, along with J. Roy Helland, for Florence Foster Jenkins.

Viola Davis, who has scooped up every almost award this season, seems to be the frontrunner going into the Oscars in two weeks.

As far as Best Picture, La La Land seems to be pulling away from the pack.

The public will choose a victor for the EE Rising Star Award.

In the category of Best Animated Film, the big contenders are Finding Dory, Zootropolis, Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings. The drama “Manchester by the Sea” has an impressive six. BAFTA Awards 2017 will begin on 9 pm GMT. Certainly at the BAFTAs, where Washington failed to secure a nomination, Affleck is considered a front-runner. The Oscars, however, went a different route altogether: Michael Shannon is the film’s only acting nominee. Gosling was also notable by his absence, with the film’s producers saying he had a family matter to attend to.

The 20-year-old Brit isn’t wrong there. Could Natalie Portman beat her formidable opponents in the leading actress category? He joins an impressive list which includes Sidney Poitier, Helen Mirren, Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock who was the first recipient in 1971.

While the Golden Globes were dominated by Meryl Streep’s moving speech criticising US President Donald Trump, he was not mentioned that much at the Baftas though Stone referred to him indirectly while accepting her best actress trophy.

Viola Davis took home the prize for best supporting actress for her performance in “Fences”, an adaption of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the life of a black family in 1950s Pennsylvania.

But voters also rewarded less escapist fare.

She also praised her co-star, British actor Patel.

Lush also remarked on the success of British talent in U.S. films, commenting that she feared “someone might build a wall across the Atlantic to keep us out”, reported variety.com. While welcoming veteran actress Meryl Streep to the ceremony, he said Streep was “one of the greatest actresses of all-time”.

The ceremony is being hosted by Stephen Fry




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