2017 BAFTA Awards: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 14 Feb 2017

Find out the biggest surprises of the night at the 70th British Academy Film Awards. - Michael Rosser

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Marc Platt, Linus Sandgren, Emma Stone, Fred Berger, Justin Hurwitz, Damien Chazelle, and Jordan Horowitz

No clean sweep for 'La La Land'

Going into the night, La La Land was the hot favorite with 11 nominations. And while it did win the most awards on the night, including Best Film, it was fewer than expected. The record for the most wins for a single film in BAFTA history remains with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which won nine of the 10 awards for which it was nominated in 1971.

Mahershala Ali and Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight (2016)

'Moonlight' eclipsed

Despite going into the night with four nominations, Moonlight walked away empty-handed. It is almost a repeat of the Golden Globes, where the coming-of-age story picked up one award from six nods. It remains to be seen if it make up some ground at the Oscars, where the film has eight nominations.

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

'Nocturnal Animals' left in the dark

Nocturnal Animals secured an impressive nine nominations, joint second alongside Arrival. But Tom Ford’s dark drama went home empty-handed. Some thought Aaron Taylor-Johnson might manage to repeat his success from the Golden Globes. But the British actor lost out to Lion star Dev Patel.

Amy Adams

‘Arrival’ departs with one prize

Critically-acclaimed sci-fi drama Arrival had a decent shot at glory with nine nominations, only behind La La Land in terms of numbers. But the film, starring Amy Adams, could only translate that into one win for Best Sound. The film has eight Oscar nominations but appears to have lost awards momentum, despite widespread praise.

Natalie Portman in Jackie (2016)

Even spread of awards

With frontrunner La La Land missing out in several categories, it meant there were a handful of surprises throughout the ceremony. Jackie won the best costume design award, Arrival won best sound, Hacksaw Ridge won best editing, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them best production design.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel wins Best Supporting Actor

There is no doubt Dev Patel turned in a strong performance as a man searching for his long lost family in Lion. But many expected Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali to win. Patel himself seemed surprised, saying: "Wow. That just happened," as he took to the stage. It is the second time Ali has been the favorite and missed out, after the Golden Globe went to Nocturnal AnimalsAaron Taylor-Johnson. Could it be third time lucky for Ali at the Oscars?

Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck wins Best Actor

The emotionally powerful performance by Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea meant the actor was always a frontrunner for the top acting prize. But many predicted Ryan Gosling would take the award for his song-and-dance role in La La Land. Gosling wasn’t at the BAFTAs ceremony but will almost certainly attend the Oscars in the hope of repeating his Golden Globes win.

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Redmayne

Blockbusters fall short

Special effects blockbusters were well represented at the BAFTAs, with nominations for superhero spectacle Doctor Strange, box office hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But despite notching up 10 nominations between them, only Fantastic Beasts managed to secure a win, for Best Production Design.

Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, and Art Parkinson in Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

'Kubo' Pulls the Strings

The stunning stop-motion animation Kubo and the Two Strings won Best Animated Feature Film, beating Disney frontrunner Zootopia, which picked up the Golden Globe and is odds-on favorite to win the Oscar. But could the BAFTA win signal a different result come the Academy Awards?

Gábor Rajna and László Nemes

’Saul’ beats ‘Toni’

Many anticipated that German comedy Toni Erdmann would take the top prize for Best Film Not in the English Language. But despite first being seen at the Cannes Film Festival nearly two years ago, harrowing Holocaust drama Son of Saul was only now eligible for this year’s BAFTAs and took the top prize, repeating the success it achieved at last year’s Oscars.