Casey Affleck wins Best Actor at the Bafta Film Awards 2017

The best actor category featured performances from Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Captain Fantastic and La La Land

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Casey Affleck has won the prize for Best Actor at the Bafta Film Awards 2017. 

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He is taking home the award for his role in Manchester by the Sea, triumphing over Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling and Viggo Mortensen.

In Manchester by the Sea, Affleck played a Boston janitor who has to care for his dead brother’s son. He has also won a Golden Globe for this career-changing role and is tipped to win an Oscar for it later this month.

Manchester By the Sea has been widely hailed as a masterful study of grief and redemption, co-starring Michelle Williams. 

La La Land led the nominations ahead of the BAFTA ceremony with 11 nods, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals which both earned nine spots on the shortlist. 

The BAFTAs, which precede the Oscars and are considered a good indicator of the Academy’s winners, were hosted by Stephen Fry. The ceremony was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and attended by the likes of Meryl Streep, JK Rowling, Mel Brooks, Nicole Kidman, Prince William and many, many more. 

The Academy Awards will be held on February 26th in Los Angeles. 

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