Baftas 2017: Dev Patel, Emma Stone, La La Land win big at London ceremony

La La Land won five awards including the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress.

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The 70th annual British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London yesterday. Musical comedy La La Land was the big winner at the event, taking five awards including the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress.

Casey Affleck walked away with the Best Actor award for his grief-stricken role in Manchester by the Sea. Emma Stone, who won the Best Actress, called La La Land "an overwhelming experience."

"This country - and the US, 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," she said in her acceptance speech.

Indian-origin actor Dev Patel won the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Lion. Interestingly, this year's BAFTA has Asian and other multiracial actors and actresses in their nomination lists. This was due to heavy criticism from the industry for ignoring works by other races over the years.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film: La La Land (Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt)

Best Director: La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

Best Actress In A Leading Role: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Actor In A Leading Role: Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)

Best Cinematography: La La Land (Linus Sandgren)

Best Original Screenplay: Manchester By The Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Dev Patel (Lion)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Viola Davis (Fences)

Ee Rising Star Award: Tom Holland

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer: Under The Shadow [Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)]

Best Special Visual Effects: The Jungle Book (Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez)

Best Animated Film: Kubo And The Two Strings (Travis Knight)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Lion (Luke Davies)

Best Film Not In The English Language: Son Of Saul (Laszlo Nemes, Gabor Sipos)

Best Documentary: 13Th (Ava Duvernay)

Best Production Design: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock)

Best Editing: Hacksaw Ridge (John Gilbert)

Best Short Film: Home (Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O'donnell)

Best Short Animation: A Love Story (Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King).

This article was first published on February 13, 2017