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UK film awards show love for 'I, Daniel Blake' and 'Lion'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/12/2017 By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
Director Ken Loach holds the BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film for 'I, Daniel Blake' at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Ken Loach holds the BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film for 'I, Daniel Blake' at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — Ken Loach's gritty drama "I, Daniel Blake" was named best British picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, while fractured-family saga "Lion" took screenplay and supporting actor prizes.

Actress Viola Davis poses with the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 'Fences' at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Viola Davis poses with the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 'Fences' at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Frothy musical "La La Land" had been favored to dance away with multiple trophies, but many of the prizes went to heavier fare.

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)

Injecting a strong dose of politics into the glitzy event, the 80-year-old Loach used his acceptance speech at Britain's equivalent of the Oscars to lambast the country's Conservative government.

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)

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 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)

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.

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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 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)

But while the luscious "La La Land" was the favorite, academy voters also rewarded less escapist fare.

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 won the 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)

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

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

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)

British actor Dev Patel pulled off an upset, beating favorite Mahershala Ali, from "Moonlight," to the best supporting actor trophy for "Lion."

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)

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

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)

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

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)

He thanked his "amazing team, who had the insane task of trying to get this Indian dude, this noodle with wonky teeth and a lazy eye and floppy hair, work in this industry."

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)

"Lion" also took the BAFTA for best adapted screenplay. The original screenplay prize went to wintry New England drama "Manchester by the Sea."

Actor Tom Holland poses with his BAFTA award for Rising Star at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor Tom Holland poses with his BAFTA award for Rising Star at the British Academy Film Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Ada DuVernay's film about mass incarceration in America, "The 13th," was named best documentary, and Laszlo Nemes' unbearably powerful Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" took the trophy for best foreign-language film.

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.

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.

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."

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."

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."

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.

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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