BAFTA Awards 2017 Recap

The run up to the Oscars can often feel like a bit of a schlep with all the other awards shows that take place as precursors to the biggest night in film. However, the BAFTA Awards, which took place on Sunday night, remain a truly exciting and truly British preamble to the Academy Awards, often foreshadowing who will win a couple of weeks later on Oscars night. 

Despite the BAFTA Awards being unmistakably British in tone and delivery, this year’s awards were sheathed in the twinkling lights of L.A as Daniel Chazelle’s sparkly musical La La Land dominated the night, taking away five trophies including best film and best actress for Emma Stone. It seems that despite the recent backlash against Chazelle’s nostalgic nod to Hollywood, La La Land is storming ahead with its wins and is looking likely to win big on Oscars night.

Despite Los Angeles being in the awards spotlight, British film rightly got its fair share of recognition too. In one of the biggest surprises of the evening, Dev Patel won the award for Best Supporting Actor in Lion. Patel is nominated for the same category in the Oscars, so we will have to wait and see if his winning streak will continue in a couple of weeks time. 

Ken Loach’s powerful welfare state drama I, Daniel Blake was named this year’s outstanding British film, and Babak Anvari’s Tehran-set horror film Under the Shadow won best British debut.

Hugh Grant, who was nominated this year for Best Supporting Actor in Florence Foster Jenkins, took to the stage to present Viola Davis with her award for Best Supporting Actress in Fences. In her powerful and moving acceptance speech, Davis told the audience, “You know, my father groomed horses at the racetrack, and he had a fifth-grade education, and he was a janitor toward the end of his life, when he died of cancer at a McDonald’s. And the reason why I say that is when he took his last breath, one of the most devastating things that went through my mind is: ‘did his life matter?’ August [Wilson, the film’s Pulitzer Prize-winning author] answers that question so brilliantly, because what he did is he said that our lives mattered as African Americans.”

Indeed, the night’s ceremony unsurprisingly reflected the current unsettling political climate, with many of the night’s guests and winners referencing Donald Trump and his unstable grip on America. The BAFTA Award’s MC Stephen Fry made mention of the American President in his opening monologue, as did BAFTA chair Jane Lush when she joked, “such is the British talent right now that I worry someone might build a wall across the Atlantic to keep them out—and then stick us with the bill.”

Emma Stone, poignantly stated while accepting her award: “This country—and the U.S., and the world—seems to be going through a bit of a time, just a bit. In a time that’s so divisive, I think it’s so special we were able to come together tonight, thanks to BAFTA, 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.”

Not all was doom and gloom however as the night bestowed upon comedy director and screenwriter Mel Brooks the BAFTA Fellowship Award. Brooks told the crowd that when he arrived at the airport to catch his flight to the evening’s awards, he forgot his passport: “The reason I forgot my passport is because I don’t think of England—seriously—I don’t think of this place as a foreign country. I just think of it as a vast Brooklyn that just speaks better. That’s all.”

Here is the full list of the BAFTA 2017 winners:

Best Film

Winner: La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt

Arrival – Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, Daniel Blake – Rebecca O’Brien
Manchester by the Sea – Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
Moonlight – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski


Winner: La La Land – Damien Chazelle

Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Leading actress

Winner: Emma Stone – La La Land

Amy Adams – Arrival
Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Leading actor

Winner: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

Supporting actor

Winner: Dev Patel – Lion

Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Supporting actress

Winner: Viola Davis – Fences

Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion

Outstanding British film

Winner: I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty

American Honey – Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
Denial – Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Winner: Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)

The Girl with All the Gifts – Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer)
The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer)
The Pass – John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director)

Original screenplay

Winner: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
I, Daniel Blake – Paul Laverty
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Adapted screenplay

Winner: Lion – Luke Davies

Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Film not in the English language

Winner: Son of Saul – László Nemes, Gábor Sipos

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
Julieta – Pedro Almodóvar
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski


Winner: 13th – Ava Duvernay

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years – Ron Howard
The Eagle Huntress – Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Weiner – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Animated film

Winner: Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight

Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton
Moana – Ron Clements, John Musker
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Original music

Winner: La La Land – Justin Hurwitz

Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
Lion – Dustin O’halloran, Hauschka
Nocturnal Animals – Abel Korzeniowski


Winner: La La Land – Linus Sandgren

Arrival – Bradford Young
Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
Lion – Greig Fraser
Nocturnal Animals – Seamus Mcgarvey


Winner: Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert

Arrival – Joe Walker
La La Land – Tom Cross
Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
Nocturnal Animals – Joan Sobel

Production design

Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock

Doctor Strange – John Bush, Charles Wood
Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
Nocturnal Animals – Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Costume design

Winner: Jackie – Madeline Fontaine

Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
La La Land – Mary Zophres

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