No clean sweep for ‘La La Land’
Going into the night, La La Land was the hot favorite with 11 nominations. And while it did win the most awards on the night, including Best Film, it was fewer than expected. The record for the most wins for a single film in BAFTA history remains with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which won nine of the 10 awards for which it was nominated in 1971.
Despite going into the night with four nominations, Moonlight walked away empty-handed. It is almost a repeat of the Golden Globes, where the coming-of-age story picked up one award from six nods. It remains to be seen if it make up some ground at the Oscars, where the film is up for eight nominations.
Even spread of awards
With frontrunner La La Land missing out in several categories, it meant there were a handful of surprises throughout the ceremony. Jackie won the best costume design award, Arrival won best sound, Hacksaw Ridge won best editing, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them best production design.
Dev Patel wins Best Supporting Actor
There is no doubt Dev Patel turned in a strong performance as a man searching for his long lost family in Lion. But many expected Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali to win. Patel himself seemed surprised, saying: “Wow. That just happened,” as he took to the stage. It is the second time Ali has been the favorite and missed out, after the Golden Globe went to Nocturnal Animals’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Could it be third time lucky for Ali at the Oscars?
Casey Affleck wins Best Actor
The emotionally powerful performance by Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea meant the actor was always a frontrunner for the top acting prize. But many predicted Ryan Gosling would take the award for his song-and-dance role in La La Land. Gosling wasn’t at the BAFTAs ceremony. But the odds are still in Gosling’s favor to repeat his Golden Globes success at the Oscars.
‘Kubo’ Pulls the Strings
The stunning stop-motion animation Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Feature Film, beating Disney frontrunner Zootopia, which picked up the Golden Globe and is odds-on favorite to win the Oscar. But could the BAFTA win signal a different result come the Academy Awards?
’Saul’ beats ‘Toni’
Many anticipated that German comedy Toni Erdmann would take the top prize for Best Film Not in the English Language. But despite first being seen at the Cannes Film Festival nearly two years ago, harrowing Holocaust drama Son of Saul was only now eligible for this year’s BAFTAs and took the top prize, repeating the success it achieved at last year’s Oscars.