12/02/2017 21:12 GMT | Updated 13/02/2017 13:00 GMT

BAFTAS 2017: Best Lead Actress Award Goes To Emma Stone For 'La La Land'

A popular win.

Emma Stone won this year’s BAFTA Award for Best Lead Actress.

She beat four other actresses for her turn in ‘La La Land’, the uplifting Hollywood musical that had received 11 nominations going into the evening, but didn’t have it all their own way, coming away with a relatively meagre five. 

Emma took the chance to make an optimistic but nonetheless political comment in her acceptance speech, saying:

“The world seems to be going through a bit of a time, and in a time that’s so divisive, I think it’s really special that we were all able to come together tonight, to celebrate the positive gift of creativity, and how it can transcend borders and make people feel a little less alone.” 

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Emma Stone wasn't the first person on the night to mention "borders" in her speech

Both Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone had gone home victorious on Golden Globes night, when the categories were split into Drama and Musical/Comedy sections. 

However, Isabelle Huppert wasn’t nominated in this category at the BAFTAS, while Amy Adams has been overlooked in the shortlist at the Oscars. 

The nominees for this award were:

EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins

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