Films shot in Liverpool were garlanded with awards at Sunday night's glittering British Academy Film Awards ceremony .

Held at the Royal Albert Hall, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance, the BAFTAs are known as the British Oscars as they take place only a fortnight before the big Hollywood event.

A scene from the trailer for JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts

Two films which were extensively filmed in Liverpool - Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, and the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - picked up, respectively, awards for make up and hair, and production design.

The Ken Loach-directed film, I, Daniel Blake - an unflinching examination of life in the UK benefits system - picked up the award for outstanding British film.

It found strong audience support in Liverpool, with a number of 鈥減ay what you can鈥?screenings laid on especially for those who could not afford full price cinema tickets.

"Florence Foster Jenkins" being filmed in Liverpool. Thats a wrap. Extras head back to the Cunard Building after filming on Drury Lane with Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep.

Accepting the award, Ken Loach made a strong attack on the Government鈥檚 welfare policies, saying: said: 鈥淭hank you to the academy for endorsing the truths of what the film says, which hundreds and thousands of people in this country know, the most vulnerable and poorest are treated by the Government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful.?/p>

The big winner of the night at the BAFTAs was the musical La La Land, which picked up the best film award, along with awards for Emma Stone as leading actress and Damien Chazelle as director.