The Latest: 'La La Land' wins best picture at British awards

Actress Emily Blunt poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Viola Davis poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Anya Taylor-Joy poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
BAFTA staff lay out heads-on-sticks marking the seating plan at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday Feb. 12. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
BAFTA staff lay out heads-on-sticks marking the seating plan at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday Feb. 12. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actress Penelope Cruz poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
BAFTA staff lay out heads-on-sticks marking the seating plan at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday Feb. 12. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

LONDON — The Latest on the British Academy Film Awards (all times local):

9:16 p.m.

"La La Land" has been named best picture at the British Academy Film Awards.

The top award during Sunday's ceremony was the fifth for the effervescent musical about love and ambition in Los Angeles.

Emma Stone was named best actress for her performance in "La La Land."

Damien Chazelle also won the best director BAFTA for the film, which had 11 nominations going into the London ceremony.

"La La Land" also took prizes for music and cinematography.

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9:06 p.m.

Emma Stone has been named best actress at the British Academy Film Awards for her performance in "La La Land."

Damien Chazelle also won the best director BAFTA for the effervescent musical that took prizes for music and cinematography as well.

"La La Land" had 11 nominations in all for the prizes awarded Sunday, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

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9 p.m.

Casey Affleck has been named best actor at the British Academy Film Awards for playing a grieving handyman in "Manchester by the Sea."

Affleck thanked writer-director Kenneth Lonergan for creating a film that "dignifies everyday lives and their struggles with great compassion."

Affleck is also Oscar-nominated for the performance.

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8:34 p.m.

Dev Patel has won the best supporting actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards for playing a young man in search of his lost family in "Lion."

It's was the film's second prize of the evening at Britain's equivalent of the Oscars. "Lion" also won for adapted screenplay.

The London-born Patel expressed shock at being a winner at a ceremony he used to watch on television with his family.

He said "Lion," which co-stars Nicole Kidman, is "a film about family, about a love that transcends race, borders, color, anything."

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8:13 p.m.

Viola Davis has won the British Academy Film Award for best supporting actress for her performance in "Fences," Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's stage drama about an African-American family.

A visibly moved Davis praised Wilson's play for showing "that our lives mattered as African Americans."

She said: "The horse groomer, the sanitation worker, the people who grew up under the heavy boot of Jim Crow. The people who did not make it into history books, but they have a story — and those stories deserve to be told."

The awards are Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

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7:57 p.m.

Ada DuVernay's film about mass incarceration in America, "The 13th," has been named best documentary at the British Academy Film Awards.

DuVernay's feature film follow-up to her Oscar-nominated civil rights epic "Selma" explores the historic roots of the United States' high incarceration rate.

It takes its name from the section of the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery "except as a punishment for crime."

The awards are taking place Sunday in London.

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7:21 p.m.

"I, Daniel Blake," director Ken Loach's hard-hitting drama about a man caught in the U.K.'s labyrinthine welfare system, has been named best British picture at the British Academy Film Awards.

The 80-year-old director used his speech to lambast Britain's Conservative government, saying his gritty drama shows that "the most vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful."

Loach also branded the government's decision to end a program bringing child refugees to Britain "a disgrace."

The best British picture prize was the first handed out Sunday at Britain's equivalent of the Oscars. The musical "La La Land" has 11 nominations and is favored to win several awards.

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6:21 p.m.

Viola Davis says being nominated for a best supporting actress award in Britain shows that playwright August Wilson "told a universal story of the everyman and American history" with "Fences."

Davis was seen as the favorite to win the British Academy Film Award in that category for Denzel Washington's screen adaptation of Wilson's stage drama about an African-American family.

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

Prince William and his wife, Kate, were due on the red carpet, along with other nominees, including Meryl Streep, Casey Affleck and Nicole Kidman.

The stars brought a dose of glamor to gray, wintry London, as hundreds of fans lined the red carpet at Royal Albert Hall.

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10:19 a.m.

Hollywood stars will mingle with British royalty at the British Academy Film Awards, where "La La Land" is favored to dance away with multiple trophies.

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

"La La Land," an effervescent musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has 11 nominations, including best picture, best actor and best actress.

Its competition includes Ken Loach's gritty "I, Daniel Blake," a stinging critique of Britain's welfare system.

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

Prince William is due to present the British academy's fellowship to veteran comedian Mel Brooks during Sunday's ceremony.

Hollywood stars mingled with British royalty on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, where "La La Land" was favored to dance away with multiple trophies.

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 Nicole Kidman.

"La La Land," an effervescent musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has 11 nominations, including best picture, best actor and best actress.

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. "La La Land" already is a dominant force at the Oscars, with 14 nominations. It also has won seven Golden Globes.

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

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

The stars brought a dose of glamor to gray, wintry London, as hundreds of fans lined the red carpet outside a domed concert hall beside London's Hyde Park.

Many of those attending expected politics to make a guest appearance at the ceremony, as it has so often this awards season. Streep is among the stars who have used the awards stage to criticize President Donald Trump.

Barry Jenkins, director of best-picture nominee "Moonlight," said, "People ought to speak from their heart. If there's something you've got to say, then say it."

Prince William, who is also president of Britain's film academy, was to present the academy's lifetime-achievement honor to veteran comedian Mel Brooks during Sunday's ceremony.

And while the luscious "La La Land" was the favorite, academy voters could choose to reward less escapist fare.

The philosophical sci-fi yarn "Arrival" and the psychological thriller "Nocturnal Animals" have nine BAFTA nominations each. Director Ken Loach's gritty "I, Daniel Blake," a stinging critique of Britain's welfare system, was up for five awards.

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."

The BAFTAs differ from their U.S. counterpart in having a separate category for best British film. Nominees in that category include "I, Daniel Blake"; the raucous road trip "American Honey"; the courtroom drama "Denial"; the wizarding adventure "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"; the documentary "Notes on Blindness"; and the Iran-set horror film "Under the Shadow."

Gosling's rivals in the best actor race were Andrew Garfield for "Hacksaw Ridge"; Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea"; Jake Gyllenhaal for "Nocturnal Animals"; and Viggo Mortensen for "Captain Fantastic."

Best-actress contenders were Stone; Amy Adams for "Arrival"; Emily Blunt for "The Girl on the Train"; Meryl Streep for "Florence Foster Jenkins"; and Natalie Portman for "Jackie."

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