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BAFTA 2021: The winners: Diversity triumphs


by Jennifer McShane
11th Apr 2021

Photo: @elleIndia

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The event took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night and featured awards, live musical performances with nominees attending via live stream alongside a virtual audience.

The ceremony drew attention this year for the diverse range of nominees (after an overhaul prompted by last year’s lineup which saw no people of colour nominated in the acting categories nor any women in the directing category). That changed this year, with nominations for Nomadland and Rocks, followed by The FatherMankMinari and Promising Young Woman, all of which had six.

And this was reflected in the winners from Yuh-Jung Youn, who stole hearts in Minari and Daniel Kaluuya for his charismatic portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, in Judas and the Black Messiah, who won best supporting actor. There was also a script and outstanding British film win for Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Women and a hugely deserved best director win for Nomadland‘s Chloé Zhao, nicely slotting her into Oscar frontrunner territory. The lauded movie also took away the gong for best film. 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also emerged as the big winner on the opening night of the awards on Saturday. The film about trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey, played by Viola Davis, scooped two gongs – costume design and hair and make-up

Below, find a full list of the winners from the 2021 BAFTA awards:

Best film

Nomadland

Outstanding British film

Promising Young Woman

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director)

Best actress

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Best actor

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best supporting actress

Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Best supporting actor

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best film not in the English language

Another Round

Best documentary

My Octopus Teacher

Best animated film

Soul

Best director

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best original screenplay

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best adapted screenplay

Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, The Father

Best original score

Soul

Best cinematography

Nomadland

Best editing

Sound of Metal

Best casting

Rocks

Best production design

Mank

Best costume design

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best make-up and hair

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best sound

Sound of Metal

Best special visual effects

Tenet

Best British short animation

The Owl and the Pussycat

Best British short film

The Present

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)

Bukky Bakray

The main event – the Academy Awards – are mere weeks away, so in the meantime, why not start watching some of the nominated movies now… 

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