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'I, Daniel Blake' named best British film at UK awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/12/2017 By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — Ken Loach's gritty drama "I, Daniel Blake" was named best U.K. picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, where frothy musical "La La Land" is favored to dance away with multiple trophies.

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) © The Associated Press 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)

The 80-year-old director used his acceptance speech at Britain's equivalent of the Oscars to lambast the country's Conservative government.

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) © The Associated Press 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)

Loach 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."

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) © The Associated Press 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)

He was cheered by an audience at London's Royal Albert Hall that included Prince William, his wife, Kate, and nominees including Meryl Streep, Casey Affleck, Emma Stone and Nicole Kidman.

Actor George MacKay poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor George MacKay poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Both William and Kate wore black and white — he a tuxedo, she an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown and glittering chandelier earrings.

Actor Eddie Redmayne, right, and Hannah Bagshawe pose for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor Eddie Redmayne, right, and Hannah Bagshawe pose for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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

Actress Amy Adams poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Amy Adams poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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.

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) © The Associated Press 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)

Viola Davis was bookies' 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.

Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, centre, and Prince William arrive with Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO, left, at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Britain's Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, centre, and Prince William arrive with Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO, left, at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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

Actor Dev Patel poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor Dev Patel poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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

Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski pose for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski pose for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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.

Author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Master of ceremonies Stephen Fry joked about Trump's dismissal of Streep as overrated, declaring from the stage: "I look down on row after row of the most overrated people on the planet."

Actress Emily Blunt poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Emily Blunt poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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."

Director Ken Loach poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Ken Loach poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Stone, up for best actress for "La La Land," said "This is an unprecedented time ... I think people need to speak their minds now more than ever."

Actress Felicity Jones poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Felicity Jones poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

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."

Gosling's rivals in the best actor race are 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 are 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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