With awards season in full swing, it was the turn of the Brits last night to take their time in the limelight at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards last night. Who were the big winners and losers of the night?
The current political climate is so tribal and partisan that it has encouraged Hollywood’s finest to use the platform awards season affords them to voice their views. If recent speeches at the Golden Globes and SAG awards are anything to go by, anti-Trump sentiments are likely to pepper the upcoming BAFTA Awards on February 12, and it’s now been revealed that organisers are deeply concerned about the potential deluge of protests.
In pole position for this year’s prize is ‘La La Land’, a film arriving as much-needed respite following the many shocks, horrors and uncertainties of 2016. ‘La La Land’ is a mug of hot chocolate after getting caught in a sleet storm. It’s a sincere homage to a bygone Hollywood era, and so there are certainly similarities to be drawn with another Oscar-winner – ‘The Artist’, but none favour the 2012 Best Picture winner. What undoes Michel Hazanavicius’ well-meaning ode to silent movies is its knowing winks, and a single line of illusion-cracking dialogue. ‘La La Land’ by contrast is a wholehearted and true resurrection of a long-forgotten form which pays tribute in all the right ways, but is contemporary also, making the genre work for modern audiences but never trampling its legacy.