'La La Land' Wins Best Film at British Academy Film Awards

Dev Patel among the big winners at the Baftas

Hollywood stars mingled with royalty at the British Academy Film Awards, where Ryan Gosling vehicle La La Land was favoured to dance away with multiple trophies.

The director of I, Daniel Blake took to the stage to collect the first gong of the night and immediately apologised for giving a "political" speech so early in the evening.

Chazelle also claimed the best director award, while the movie's star Emma Stone was named the best leading actress.

"In a time that is so divisive I think it's really special we were all able to come together tonight, thanks to Bafta, and to celebrate the positive", she said. Its success follows on from the Golden Globes, where it picked up seven awards [nL1N1EY0I9].

BAFTA 2017 Awards Nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role are - 1) Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler 2) Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss 3) Ryan Gosling - La La Land as Sebastian Wilder 4) Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal Animals as Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings 5) Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic as Ben Cash.

Affleck said he learnt to act while attending therapy sessions for children of alcoholics.

Dev Patel among the big winners at the Baftas

The latter film, about female mathematicians working at Nasa, is up for best adapted screenplay at the Baftas.

Set in Newcastle, northeast England, the film tells of one man's battle against the bureaucracy of Britain's social welfare system.

Hosted by acclaimed comedian, actor and presenter Stephen Fry, this year's ceremony is set to take place at London's famous Royal Albert Hall, with "La La Land" topping the charts with nominations in 11 categories.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, he urged the public to become politically active. "If there's something you've got to say, then say it".

"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. We do, we're rebels, we make political statements", she told AFP, before picking up the best supporting actress award for "Fences". It sounds like a real cliché but I've got my whole family with me. Live streaming options are also made available on BAFTA's official Facebook page to capture the celebrities walking the red carpet, which will begin from 16.30 GMT or 10.00 PM IST. "I feel like a victor", he told AFP outside the Royal Albert Hall.

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