For Best Film the following works are nominated: "Arrival", "I, Daniel Blake", "La La Land", "Manchester By The Sea" and "Moonlight".
La La Land has been an enormous awards season success for the Whiplash director, with no less than 14 Academy Award nominations and several Golden Globes in the bag already.
Best Leading Actress nominees are: Amy Adams ("Arrival"), Emily Blunt ("The Girl On The Train"), Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Meryl Streep ("Florence Foster Jenkins") and Natlie Portman ("Jackie").
Loach said his docudrama about a carpenter trying to get welfare after a heart attack shows that "the most vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful". "We are with the people".
During the evening, British talent saw off stiff competition from the U.S., with Dev Patel winning best supporting actor for his role alongside Nicole Kidman in Lion - nearly 10 years since Slumdog Millionaire catapulted him to fame.
Viola Davis, victor of the best supporting actress award, hit out at Trump's post-Golden Globes attack on Meryl Streep.
Lion, which is based on the true story of a lost and adopted boy's search for his real mother, also won best adapted screenplay.
Viola Davis won best supporting actress for her role in Fences, an adaptation of an August Wilson play in which she had previously starred on Broadway. "It's huge, I never expected to win, with La La Land dominating the awards talk".
The 70th annual British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) will be held on 12 February at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Apart from this Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone starrer, also leading the nominations are top notch contenders like "Arrival", "Nocturnal Animals".
Gosling's rivals in the best actor race were Andrew Garfield for "Hacksaw Ridge"; Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea"; Jake Gyllenhaal for "Nocturnal Animals"; and Viggo Mortensen for "Captain Fantastic".