Sunday 30 April 2017

Negga misses out at Baftas as all eyes on Kate's stylish turn

The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Kerri Ann Roper

Upbeat musical 'La La Land' has triumphed over gritty dramas at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.

The film picked up five of the 11 prizes for which it was nominated - including best film, top director for Damien Chazelle and leading actress for Emma Stone - at the annual ceremony hosted for the 12th year in a row by Stephen Fry at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Among the Irish contingent who turned out for the Baftas were TV presenter Laura Whitmore and Caitriona Balfe. Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan also attended.

But Oscar hopeful Ruth Negga was nowhere to be seen as Hollywood glamour descended on the Royal Albert Hall. The Limerick actress was nominated in the Rising Star category, but she was pipped to the award by Tom Holland.

The 'Captain America: Civil War' star admitted, though, that if it had been up to him, he would have given the prize to former 'Love/Hate' star Negga.

"This is crazy and amazing. I did vote once, but not for myself. I voted for Ruth," he said.

Laura Whitmore pictured on the red carpet. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore pictured on the red carpet. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the awards. Kate wowed in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown, with her hair swept up.

The royal couple were met by loud cheers at the Royal Albert Hall, a short drive away from their Kensington Palace home.

William was there to present the fellowship award to comedian Mel Brooks at the glittering ceremony.

Ken Loach's gritty drama 'I, Daniel Blake' was named best UK picture and the veteran director injected a strong dose of politics into the glitzy event. Loach (80), pictured left, used his acceptance speech to lambast the UK's Conservative government.

Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner were at the awards. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Jamie Dornan and his wife Amelia Warner were at the awards. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

He said his docudrama about a carpenter trying to get welfare after a heart attack shows that "the most vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful."

Meanwhile, master of ceremonies Fry made a cheeky jibe at Donald Trump's reaction to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech, declaring from the stage: "I look down on row after row of the most overrated people on the planet."

Ken Loach with the award for Outstanding British Film. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Ken Loach with the award for Outstanding British Film. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Caitriona Balfe arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville
Caitriona Balfe arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville

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