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