13 February 2017 - BAFTA Awards
Andrew Pulver and Catherine Shoard (The Guardian, 12/02/2017)
La La Land lands badly
Five awards isn’t bad. In any other year, it’d be amazing. But what was meant to be a La La landslide turned into just a minor bit of earthworking as Damien Chazelle’s movie musical failed to take predicted wins for original screenplay, costume design, sound, production design and editing.
Excited chatter about it equalling or even beating Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s nine wins back in 1971 proved elusive as the favourite fell at almost every early hurdle before picking itself up towards the final gallop.
Does this mean it’s less of a lock for extraordinary Oscars glory in 14 days? Nope. It might even help it. Final voting for the Academy Awards opens on Monday before closing eight days later – and part of the movie’s genius in hoovering up that record number of Golden Globes was to position itself as an (unlikely) underdog. A bit of Brit snubbing plays into that narrative great.
Orlando Parfitt (Screen Daily, 12/02/2017)
Picking up the award for Outstanding British Film, he said:
“Thank you to the Academy for endorsing the truth of what the film says, which hundreds of thousands of people in this country know, and that is that the most vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful."
Associated Press (USA Today, 12/02/2017)
Glamour was shot through with grit at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday.
Frothy musical La La Land took five prizes including best picture, but major awards also went to tough welfare-state drama I, Daniel Blake and fractured-family stories Lion and Manchester by the Sea.
In keeping with an awards season that has coincided with a wrenching change of government in the United States, even La La Land’s prizes came with a political tinge.
Mark Brown (The Guardian, 13/02/2017)
The script predicted that La La Land would clean up at the Baftas. Instead the unashamedly old-fashioned feelgood musical – an antidote to the age – came away from the 2017 ceremony with five awards, including the top prize of best film.
Baftas 2017: full list of winners
It was a good night but far from the juggernaut which had been widely anticipated. The prizes were spread strikingly widely with more than 15 winners including Manchester By the Sea, Fences, Lion, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, Fences, and Florence Foster Jenkins.
Some had tipped La La Land to finally break the Bafta record set by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which won nine prizes in 1971.
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