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

The U.K. awards, known as BAFTAs, are often seen as an indicator of who will win at Hollywood's Academy Awards, held two weeks later.

Viola Davis, victor of the best supporting actress award, hit out at Trump's post-Golden Globes attack on Meryl Streep.

Viola Davis was bookies' favourite to win the best supporting actress BAFTA for Fences, Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's stage drama about an African-American family.

As he accepted his award, Loach thanked his cast and crew, and the people of Newcastle, where they shot the film, and the Academy for "endorsing the truth of that this film says, which is that hundreds of thousands of people in this country know, the vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by the this government with a callousness and brutality that is disgraceful".

Davis said being recognized in Britain was proof that Wilson "has told a universal story of the everyman and American history".

Founded in 1949, The British Academy Film Awards is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Comedian and actor Stephen Fry will be hosting the ceremony for the 12th time.

Barry Jenkins, director of best-picture nominee Moonlight, said, "People ought to speak from their heart".

Although nominated for nine categories, sci-fi thriller Arrival, starring Amy Adams, only took home one award for best sound.

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

Ken Loach set a political tone to the BAFTA awards as he picked up the first prize of the night for outstanding British film with I, Daniel Blake, his gritty antidote to the glitz of La La Land about the welfare state.

BAFTA 2017 Awards Nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role are - 1) Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler 2) Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss 3) Ryan Gosling - La La Land as Sebastian Wilder 4) Jake Gyllenhaal - Nocturnal Animals as Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings 5) Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic as Ben Cash.

  • Kyle Peterson