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

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON - 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 favoured to dance away with mul­ti­ple tro­phies. The 80-year-old di­rec­tor used his ac­cep­tance speech at Bri­tain’s equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars to lam­bast the coun­try’s Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment. 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.” 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. Both Wil­liam and Kate wore black and white - he a tuxedo, she an off-the-shoul­der Alexan­der Mc­Queen gown and glit­ter­ing chan­de­lier ear­rings.

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