Baftas 2017: Stars descend on London for ceremony

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) honor the best of worldwide and British contributions to the film industry and host an annual show to present these awards.

Emma Stone won the best actress award for her role in "La La Land", while her co-star Ryan Gosling was beaten in the leading actor category by Casey Affleck.

A throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age, "La La Land" took home seven Golden Globes in January and has been nominated for 14 Oscars.

Stars that are confirmed to attend include: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, J.K. Rowling, Andrew Garfield, Nicole Kidman, Daisy Ridley and Jamie Dornan.

Barry Jenkins, director of best-picture nominee Moonlight, said, "People ought to speak from their heart". Director Ken Loach's gritty I, Daniel Blake, a stinging critique of Britain's welfare system, was up for five awards.

EE British Academy Film Awards, popularly known as the BAFTAs is the awards ceremony which honours the best in British and global contributions in the year 2016. "If there's something you've got to say, then say it".

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Arrival, Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight also appear in a number of categories.

Manchester by the Sea has six nominations in total and could potentially take home some of the big prizes - Casey Affleck's performance has already won him several best actor awards this season.

Flying the flag for United Kingdom filmmaking was Ken Loach's "I, Daniel Blake", which won the outstanding British film award but lost out in four other categories.

Also in the running for best British film are American Honey, Denial, Notes on Blindness, Under the Shadow and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Best-actress contenders are Stone; Amy Adams for Arrival; Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train; Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins; and Natalie Portman for Jackie.

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