Baftas 2017: Stars descend on London for ceremony

The master of ceremonies at Sunday's London awards, Stephen Fry, mocked Trump's remarks, declaring from the stage that only "a blithering idiot" would not think Streep was one of the greatest actresses of all time.

The cast of Cirque du Soleil's production Amaluna opened the event with a thrilling showcase, delighting the stars in the audience before Fry was revealed in the midst of the performers.

"It's tough voting online, believe me, I know".

The movie was also honoured for its Original Music by Justin Hurwitz and Cinematography by Linus Sandgren at the Royal Albert Hall, setting high expectations from the film's journey at the forthcoming Academy Awards, where it has 14 nominations.

The Bafta for Sound went to Arrival's Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Sylvain Bellemare. Celebrities who are expected to walk the red carpet include Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, JK Rowling, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sophie Turner, Meryl Streep, Felicity Jones and many more.

The Bafta for editing went to John Gilbert for the Mel Gibson-directed war film Hacksaw Ridge.

Loach saw off competition from American Honey, Denial, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Notes on Blindness and Under the Shadow to take the BAFTA.

The latter film, about female mathematicians working at Nasa, is up for best adapted screenplay at the Baftas.

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.

Emma Stone won best actress for La La Land, using her speech to launch into a veiled critique of the ramifications of a Trump presidency.

La La Land, about the romance and career trials of a jazz musician and an aspiring actress, already swept the Golden Globes last month with seven wins, breaking the record for the most gongs held by classics One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Midnight Express.

Director Travis Knight described the film as a "whole-hearted labour of love that was five years in the making".

Dan Lemmon won a Bafta along with his visual effects team for their work on the Jungle Book.

  • Carolyn Briggs