Stars and royalty hit the red carpet for UK Academy Awards

Posted February 13, 2017

The 70th annual British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) will be held on 12 February at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Dan Lemmon won a Bafta along with his visual effects team for their work on the Jungle Book.

Ken's film is going through the awards season alongside lighter films such as musical La La Land.

I, Daniel Blake is also nominated for best British film, while one of its stars, Hayley Squires, is up for best supporting actress.

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.

EE British Academy Film Awards, popularly known as the BAFTAs is the awards ceremony which honours the best in British and global contributions in the year 2016.

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Director Loach kicked off the night with a highly political acceptance speech, saying, "Thanks to the Academy for endorsing the truth of what the film says. the most vulnerable and the poorest are treated with a callous brutality that is disgraceful".

Prince William and his wife Kate were due on the red carpet at London's Royal Albert Hall, along with nominees including Meryl Streep, Casey Affleck and Australia's Nicole Kidman.

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". It also has won seven Golden Globes. "If there's something you've got to say, then say it". "I think people need to speak their minds now more than ever".

La La Land is leading the nominations in 11 categories, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, which has nine nods each.

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".