The peppy musical La La Land was a big hit at the 2017 BAFTAs, picking up five awards including best actress for Emma Stone and best director for Damien Chazelle.

The colourful and energetic film, which harks back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, also bagged the top honour of best film in a very competitive category which also included Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight, paving the way for Oscar success later this month where it is nominated in 14 categories.

Stone, who also won SAG and Golden Globe awards for the role, became emotional while accepting the award, referencing the politically uncertain times.

Emma Stone with La La Land director Damien Chazelle

"I don't know if you realise this but right now this country, the United States and the world is going through a bit of a time," she said.

"In a time that's so divisive, I think it's really special that we were all able to come together tonight, thanks to BAFTA, to celebrate the positive gift of creativity, and how it can transcend borders and how it can help people to feel a little less alone."

La La Land follows Golden Globe and SAG success with five BAFTAs

The Best Actor BAFTA didn't go to Stone's La La Land co-star Ryan Gosling, but to Manchester By the Sea's Casey Affleck, who used his stage time to praise Meryl Streep for speaking out against US President Donald Trump.

"I don't always say some of the things I would like to say in those moments because there are people like Meryl Streep who say them much better than I can and if it's going to be said it should be said very, very well because its important", Affleck said.

The Best Supporting Actor and Actress roles went to Dev Patel (Lion) and Viola Davis (Fences) respectively.

Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake won the outstanding British film but lost out in four other categories.

When accepting the award, 80-year-old Loach said filmmakers stand "with the people" and took aim at the government. "The most unvulnerable and poorest are treated by the government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful," he said.

The Irish Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga was pipped to the post by Tom Holland for the Rising Star award which was voted for by the public.

Rising star winner Tom Holland

The young British actor made his debut as Spiderman in Captain America: Civil War and will also star in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

He said while collecting his gong: "Wow, it's amazing to be up here. I have two thank yous. Bafta, thank you for nominating me, and thanks to the British public for voting and showing your support. It's tough voting online, believe me, I know."

There was also disappointment for Irish nominee Consolata Boyle, who missed out on the Best Costume Design award to Madeline Fontaine for her work on Jackie. However, Boyle's film Florence Foster Jenkins, which stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, picked up the award for Best Make-up and Hair.

Meanwhile, Irish cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, who was nominated for his work on Tom Ford's stylish thriller Nocturnal Animals, lost out to Linus Sandgren for La La Land.

It wasn't all bad news, however, as Kubo and the Two Strings was named Best Animated Film. Donegal Game of Thrones actor Art Parkinson, who voices the titular role in the movie, spoke to RTÉ's London correspondent Fiona Mitchell on the red carpet at the event, saying he felt "honoured" to be there.

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Take a look at the full list of winners at the 2017 BAFTAs below.

Best Film - La La Land
Outstanding British film - I, Daniel Blake
Leading Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Leading Actress - Emma Stone, La La Land
Supporting Actor - Dev Patel, Lion
Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Original Screenplay - Manchester By The Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
Adapted Screenplay - Lion, Luke Davies
Rising Star award (voted for by the public) - Tom Holland
Oustanding debut by a British writer, director or producer - Under the Shadow: Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)
Film not in the English language - Son Of Saul
Documentary - 13th
Animated Film - Kubo And The Two Strings
Original Music - La La Land
Cinematography - La La Land
Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
Production Design - Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Costume Design - Jackie, Madeline Fontaine
Make up and hair - Florence Foster Jenkins
Sound - Arrival
Special visual effects - The Jungle Book
British short animation - A Love Story
British short film - Home