2021 BAFTA Nominees & Winners

In spite of all the goings on of the past year, including the shuttering of cinemas for the most part, it’s been an exciting time for film (believe it or not). There has been perhaps one big silver lining: for the first time in cinematic history, all films of any level and any language have had a chance to be seen thanks to online streaming services. There has been minimal fighting for big screen time, less concern over box office performance and, maybe, more emphasis put onto the quality of films and filmmaking. As such, this years awards, including the BAFTAs, have had access to a much more diverse pool to select from. While not all award nominations have reflected that this year, some, such as the BAFTAs, are showing a fundamental shift in representation that reflects different genders, races and culture (this will be partly thanks to a new voting system which ensures all voters of the BAFTAs see all long-listed films before casting their vote)

There’s still a ways to go, but with nominations such as Chloé Zhao’s seven nods for Nomadland (including Best Film and Best Director), Lee Isaac Chung’s Best Director nomination for Minari (with the film being nominated in Best Film Not In The English Language rather than Best Film, a subject we won’t get into here) and a great array of actors of different races nominated in Best Actor/Supporting Actor and Best Actress/Supporting Actress categories, from Riz Ahmed and Alan Kim to Wunmi Mosaku and Youn Yeo-jeong, things are starting to reflect our modern world, just as many films do these days.

Below is a comprehensive list of this year’s nominees. Winners will be highlighted as they are announced via television broadcast.

Tune in to BBC One on the evenings of April 12th & 11th for the ceremony (which will likely be broadcast with a delay of up to two hours to allow for editing, as per usual). It is still to go ahead at the Royal Albert Hall, but of course with a slightly different format to allow for social distancing.

BEST FILM

The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland – WINNER
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman – WINNER
Rocks
Saint Maud

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director) – WINNER
Limbo – Ben Sharrock (writer/director), Irune Gurtubai (producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]
Moffie – Jack Sidey (writer/producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]
Rocks – Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (writers)
Saint Maud – Rose Glass (writer/director), Oliver Kassman (producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Another Round – WINNER
Dear Comrades!
Les Misérables
Minari
Quo Vadis, Aida?

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Collective
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The Dissident
My Octopus Teacher – WINNER
The Social Dilemma

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Onward
Soul – WINNER
Wolfwalkers

BEST DIRECTOR

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Shannon Murphy, Babyteeth
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland – WINNER
Jasmila Žbanić, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Sarah Gavron, Rocks

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ACTRESS

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

BEST ACTOR

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav, The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins, The Father – WINNER
Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER
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

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Mank
Minari
News of the World
Promising Young Woman
Soul – WINNER

BEST CASTING

Calm With Horses
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Rocks

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland – WINNER

BEST EDITING

The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal – WINNER
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Dig
The Father
Mank – WINNER
News of the World
Rebecca

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Ammonite
The Dig
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER
Mank

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR

The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER
Mank
Pinocchio

BEST SOUND

Greyhound
News of the World
Nomadland
Soul
Sound of Metal – WINNER

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Greyhound
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet- WINNER

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

The Fire Next Time
The Owl and the Pussycat – WINNER
The Song of a Lost Boy

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

Eyelash
Lizard
Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present – WINNER

EE RISING STAR AWARD

Bukky Bakray – WINNER
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù
Conrad Khan

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP AWARD

Ang Lee

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