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The BAFTA Film Awards 2021 Nominations: Nomadland and Rocks Dominate, Horror Hit His House Surprises

Awards season just got so much more interesting thanks to a slew of surprising nominations out of Britain. See the full list of BAFTA nominations and read about their new voting process.

by | March 9, 2021 | Comments

 NomadlandJoshua Richards, 20th Century

Leave it to the Brits to keep things interesting. After a bombshell interview with the Royal family this weekend, today at 6am the British Academy of Film Television and Arts (BAFTA) released the nominations for its 2021 Film Awards, bucking convention and selecting a new exciting mix of diverse cinema.

After years of all-white or mostly white nominees in several categories, the BAFTAs recently overhauled their membership, eligibility, and voting guidelines. No longer would nominations be solely determined by the voting body, but rather members would vote to create the “long list” of films that garnered the most votes and then a jury selected by BAFTA for each category would select the top five or six nominees.

So it is that just seven months after #BAFTASoWhite trended on Twitter and Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix called the organization out at the ceremony, this morning saw a record 50 different films nominated. Films by women directors Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Sarah Gavron (Rocks) led all nominations, with seven each, and after years of all-male noms, this year’s directing category consisted of four women and two people of color. Even the 100% Fresh indie horror favorite His House pulled through to snag the nominations.

Read on for the full list 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards nominees.

Best Film

Best 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
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback, Judas And The Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe, County Lines
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

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

Rising Star
Bukky Bakray
Conrad Khan
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Sope Dirisu

Best British Film

Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Producer, or Director

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

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

Animated Film

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

Original Screenplay
Another Round
Promising Young Woman
Rocks, Theresa Ikoko
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Adapted Screenplay
The Dig
The Father
The Mauritanian
The White Tiger

Original Score
News Of The World
Promising Young Woman

Calm With Horses
Judas And The Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman

Judas And The Black Messiah
The Mauritanian
News Of The World

The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Production Design
The Dig
The Father
News Of The World

Costume Design
The Dig
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Makeup & Hair
The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Greyhound, Tbc
News Of The World
Soul, Coya Elliott
Sound Of Metal

Special Visual Effects
The Midnight Sky
The One And Only Ivan

British Short Animation
The Fire Next Time, Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
The Owl And The Pussycat, Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf
The Song Of A Lost Boy, Daniel Quirke, Jamie Macdonald, Brid Arnstein

The 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on April 11, 2021 with a precursor show on the 10th for all the crafts and below-the-line categories. 

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