The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the British Academy Sunday, where Prince William presented the Fellow Award to director Mel Brooks.
While the night is meant to honor those in the film industry, one person clearly stole the show: Kate Middleton.
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The duchess wore a beautiful off-the-shoulder, black gown designed by Alexander McQueen, with an accompanying black clutch.
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The event was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Many of the same actors and movie people who will be honored later this month, were in attendance.
Frothy musical “La La Land” took five prizes including best picture, but major awards also went to tough welfare-state drama “I, Daniel Blake” and fractured-family stories “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.”
In keeping with an awards season that has coincided with a wrenching change of government in the United States, even “La La Land’s” prizes came with a political tinge.
Accepting the best-actress trophy for playing a barista who dreams of Hollywood stardom, Emma Stone said that “this country and the US, and the world seems to be going through a bit of a time.”
She said that in a divided world, it was vital to celebrate “the positive gift of creativity and how it can transcend borders and how it help people to feel a little less alone.”
The U.K. awards, known as BAFTAs, are often seen as an indicator of who will win at Hollywood’s Academy Awards, held two weeks later. “La La Land” already is a dominant force at the Oscars, with 14 nominations. It also has won seven Golden Globes.
“La La Land” had 11 nominations for the British awards and won prizes for Stone, director Damien Chazelle, music and cinematography as well as best picture.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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