Baftas 2021: ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’ win big

Anthony Hopkins and Frances McDormand also triumph at the British film awards

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen
Global film editor

The hotly tipped Nomadland won Best Film and Best Director for Chloé Zhao in a BAFTA awards that threw up few genuine surprises but lots of worthy winners. 

Zhao became only the second woman to win Best Director, after Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. She was joined on the winners roster by Nomadland lead Frances McDormand who won Best Actress for the second time. She also won for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2017.

Anthony Hopkins won his third Best Actor Bafta for The Father. The Welsh titan has previously won for The Silence of the Lambs and The Remains of the Day.

The awards, held in London’s Royal Albert Hall and with nominees tuning in via Zoom, dished out plenty of good news to home-town talent, too. Emerald Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for Promising Young Woman, which also won Outstanding British Film.

Daniel Kaluuya followed up his Golden Globes win for Judas and the Black Messiah with another Best Supporting Actor award. Best Supporting Actress was a hugely popular win for Minari’s Yuh-Jung Youn. 

Outstanding British Debut went to another Londoner, Remi Weekes, for his Netflix migrant horror film His House. Pixar’s Soul won Best Animation, and Film Not in the English Language was an emotional win for Thomas Vinterberg’s tragedy-touched Another Round.

Rocks’ Bukky Bakray won this year’s EE Rising Star award. 

The winners in full:

Best Film

The Father
The Mauritanian
Promising Young Woman
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film
Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud

Best director
Another Round - Thomas Vinterberg
Babyteeth - Shannon Murphy
Minari - Lee Isaac Chung
NomadlandChloé Zhao
Quo Vadis, Aida? - Jasmila Zbanic
Rocks - Sarah Gavron 

Leading Actress
Bukky Bakray - Rocks
Radha Blank - The Forty-Year-Old Version
Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand - Nomadland
Wunmi Mosaku - His House
Alfre Woodard - Clemency

Leading Actor
Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav - The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Mads Mikkelsen - Another Round
Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian

Supporting Actress
Niamh Algar - Calm With Horses
Kosar Ali - Rocks
Yuh-Jung Youn - Minari
Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback - Judas and the Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe - County Lines 

Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah
Barry Keoghan - Calm With Horses
Alan Kim - Minari
Leslie Odom Jr - One Night in Miami…
Clarke Peters - Da 5 Bloods
Paul Raci - Sound of Metal

Outstanding British Debut 
His House - Remi Weekes (writer/director)
Limbo - Ben Sharrock (writer/director), Irune Gurtubai (producer)
Moffie - Jack Sidey (writer/producer)
Rocks - Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (writers)
Saint Maud - Rose Glass (writer/director), Oliver Kassman (producer)

Film Not in the English Language
Another Round
Dear Comrades!
Les Misérables
Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best documentary 
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
The Dissident
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma

Animated Film

Original Screenplay 
Another Round - Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
Mank - Jack Fincher
Promising Young Woman - Emerald Fennell
Rocks - Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
The Trial of the Chicago 7 - Aaron Sorkin

Adapted Screenplay
The Dig - Moira Buffini
The Father - Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
The Mauritanian - Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, MB Traven
Nomadland - Chloé Zhao
The White Tiger - Ramin Bahrani

Original Score
Mank - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Minari - Emile Mosseri
News Of The World - James Newton Howard
Promising Young Woman - Anthony Willis
Soul - Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Judas and the Black Messiah - Sean Bobbitt
Mank - Erik Messerschmidt
The Mauritanian - Alwin H Kuchler
News of the World - Dariusz Wolski
Nomadland - Joshua James Richards

Best editing
The Father - Yorgos Lamprinos
NomadlandChloé Zhao
Promising Young Woman - Frederic Thoraval
Sound Of Metal - Mikkel EG Nielsen
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 - Alan Baumgarten

EE Rising Star Award
Bukky Bakray
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Sope Dirisu

Other categories
Special visual effects: Tenet
Casting: Rocks
Sound: Sound of Metal
Production design: Mank
Costume design: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Make up and hair: 
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
British Short: The Present
British Short Animations: Owl and the Pussycat

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