La La Land wins Best Film at the Bafta Film Awards 2017

The coveted prize was contested by Arrival, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and I, Daniel Blake

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La La Land has taken home the coveted prize for Best Film at the British Academy Film Awards 2017, seeing off competition from Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and I, Daniel Blake. 

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The ceremony – hosted by Stephen Fry – was expected to be dominated by Damian Chazelle’s musical epic which headed up the shortlist with 11 nominations, including Best Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Director (Chazelle).

La La Land received a hoard of positive reviews when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and has been scooping up awards ever since, taking home silverware in every one of the seven categories it was nominated in at last month’s Golden Globes

The BAFTAs, which precede the Oscars and are considered a good indicator of the Academy’s winners, were 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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See the Bafta winners in full, as they’re announced