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BAFTA 2017: New Zealand editor wins big at United Kingdom academy awards

BAFTA 2017: New Zealand editor wins big at United Kingdom academy awards

As award season continues on the road to the Oscars, we take a detour at the BAFTA Awards 2017, to have the British Academy honor the best in film.

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.

Best Leading Actress nominees are: Amy Adams ("Arrival"), Emily Blunt ("The Girl On The Train"), Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Meryl Streep ("Florence Foster Jenkins") and Natlie Portman ("Jackie").

The glamorous ceremony was woven with political messages, beginning with host Stephen Fry making a jibe at US President Donald Trump who recently described veteran actress Meryl Streep as "overrated".

This year's British Academy Film and Television Awards take place on Sunday, February 12.

"In a time that's so divisive, I think it's really special that we were all 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".

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Prince William will present Mel Brooks with the Bafta Fellowship during the event.

The musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has 11 nominations, while Arrival and Nocturnal Animals both have nine each. Director Ken Loach's gritty I, Daniel Blake, a stinging critique of Britain's welfare system, was up for five awards.

She also praised her co-star, British actor Dev Patel, who is nominated in the supporting actor category.

Best-picture contenders are "Arrival", "I, Daniel Blake", "La La Land", the wrenching New England drama "Manchester By The Sea" and the Miami-set coming-of-age story "Moonlight".

Gosling's rivals in the best actor race are Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge; Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea; Jake Gyllenhaal for Nocturnal Animal and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic.

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