The BAFTAs 2021

This year’s BAFTAs was a two-day virtual affair hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary at Royal Albert Hall in London with a total of 17 masks awarded. Prince William was to make dual appearances at this most prestigious British event but opted out due to the death of his grandfather HRH Prince Philip (BAFTA’s first president – 1959). In his place the 74th British Academy Film Awards did a lovely brief tribute to the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh and consort of the Queen before getting right to the prizes. The ceremonies were dominated by the film Nomadland, which picked up the win for Best Film and Best Actress among other awards.

Since so many great actors originate from England it was nice to see Sir Anthony Hopkins receive a well-deserved Best Actor Mask for his role in The Father – an exceptional movie with powerful performances by the entire cast (a fabulous film I will soon do a post on). The forever witty Hopkins was not on hand to collect his award but later commented at a virtual winners press conference that he would not be attending the Oscars jokingly stating, ‘I’m going to be in Wales for the Oscars, when are they again?’ ha ha – The answer: Sunday April 25th at 6pm MST and I will definitely be watching!

P.S. There is nothing I love more than awards season and when I’m lucky enough to dress up and attend one I can’t ‘mask’ my joy!

BAFTA categories and winners in BOLD below.

Best film

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

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 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 director

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

Bafta fellowship

Ang Lee

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)

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

Outstanding British film

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

Best original score

News of the World
Promising Young Woman

Best documentary

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

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 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 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 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
Youn Yuh-jung, Minari – WINNER

Best cinematography

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

Best film not in the English language

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

Best editing

The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal – WINNER
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 animated film


Best casting

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

Best production design

The Dig
The Father
News of the World

Best costume design

The Dig
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Best makeup and hair

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

Best sound

News of the World
Sound of Metal – WINNER

Best special visual effects

The Midnight Sky
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

Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present – WINNER

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

Noel Clarke

2 thoughts on “The BAFTAs 2021

  1. I have zero interest in these movies except for Mank but I’ll wait until Criterion release it. I might see The Father on Friday though.

    I did see Minari & Nomadland, but I don’t think either of them are really that memorable for awards. I liked them (I liked Minari a lot), but I wouldn’t give them awards. Not the way Nomadland has been getting them.


    1. Good to know Brett. I’m with you – Nomadland doesn’t really appeal to me but I haven’t seen it yet. The Father is really good – sad – but good. Enjoy the great acting in this film! Stay well.


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