BAFTAs 2017: 8 Of The Best Moments

All the highlights from this year's ceremony

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It was another great year at the BAFTAs, with some big wins and plenty of stunning red carpet style. From Stephen Fry throwing shade at Donald Trump to a rare sighting of William and Kate on the red carpet, here are a few of the don't-miss moments from this year's awards.

1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hanging out with Hollywood

Kate Middleton made her debut on the BAFTAs red carpet and her old-world elegance didn't disappoint. The Duchess looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown, while Prince William kept things classic in a tuxedo.

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2. The plunging dress trend

Despite the brisk London weather, the stars embraced low-cut necklines on the red carpet this year. Nicole Kidman led the trend in a revealing Armani Prive column gown, while Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones also ticked the thigh-high split box in her Louis Vuitton gown. Of course, Emma Stone's low-cut look was the most sparkly of all. The Best Actress winner wowed in Chanel Couture.

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3. Luke Evans getting passionate about Beauty and the Beast

Evans plays Gaston in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and yes, he's just as excited about its release as we are. "It just takes you exactly where you want at that moment," he told Zoe Ball on the red carpet. We can't wait.

4. Stephen Fry taking a dig at Trump

After Meryl Streep eloquently took down President Trump at the Golden Globes last month, BAFTAs host Stephen Fry kicked things off by proving he is very much on Meryl's side. In his opening speech, Fry referenced the movie icon by saying, "One of the greatest actresses of all time. Only a blithering idiot would think otherwise!" before he walked into the crowd in search of "Dame Meryl". The pair then exchanged a kiss. It was lovely.

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5. Viola Davis' empowering acceptance speech

As she accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress, the Fences star acknowledged her father, who she told us worked as a janitor in McDonalds before he passed away. "Did his life matter?" she said, before praising playwright August Wilson for helping her find the answer. "August answers that question so brilliantly... What he did, is he said, our lives matter as African Americans. The people who did not make it into the history books have a story, and those stories deserve to be told, because they lived."

6. The celebrity tributes

BAFTA paid tribute to the actors who have recently passed away in its moving 'In Memoriam' part of the show. Gene Wilder and John Hurt were acknowledged alongside mother and daughter duo, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, before Stephen Fry returned to the stage to say, "I can't help feeling that the best of us are gone."

7. Emma Stone winning her first BAFTA

She did it. After being tipped to win for her role as Mia in La La Land, Emma Stone picked up the award for Best Actress. Once she had brilliantly recovered from bumping into the podium, Stone thanked her co-star Ryan Gosling, who "elevates everything he touches," in an emotional acceptance speech, before she went on to talk about the "divisive time" the world is going through. "I think it's really special that we were all able to come together tonight to celebrate the positive gifts of creativity," she said. "It can help people feel a little bit less alone."

8. The surprises

With 11 nominations, La La Land was expected to waltz away with all the awards this year, but it didn't quite work out that way. Damien Chazelle's film picked up five BAFTAs, including Best Film, but the rest of the prizes were well spread out, with Manchester By the Sea, Fences, Lion, Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, and Florence Foster Jenkins all winning on the night. Perhaps the most visibly shocked winner was Dev Patel, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Lion. "Wow! That just happened," the British star said."Words, words, words. I sit at home and watch this with my family; it is such an overwhelming feeling."

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