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

Ron Howard admitted making a film about the Fab Four was more intimidating than he first expected

Ron Howard admitted making a film about the Fab Four was more intimidating than he first expected

EE British Academy Film Awards, popularly known as the BAFTAs is the awards ceremony which honours the best in British and global contributions in the year 2016.

The 2017 BAFTAs will see the presentation of 24 awards.

"If you've done your job well, the editing isn't visible", the Kiwi movie editor says.

Emma Stone picked up the award for Leading Actress for her role in La La Land at this year's Bafta Awards - and she had a few things to say in her acceptance speech.

Many of those attending expected politics to make a guest appearance at the ceremony, as it has so often this awards season.

Producer Jordan Horowitz said: "I think film, when at its best, reveals there is more tying us together than tears us apart". The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

Stone, up for best actress for La La Land, said "This is an unprecedented time".

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

And while the luscious La La Land was the favourite, academy voters could choose to reward less escapist fare. Following behind the Damien Chazelle-directed flick is "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals", each with nine nominations.

The director of I, Daniel Blake took to the stage to collect the first gong of the night and immediately apologised for giving a "political" speech so early in the evening.

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".

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.

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