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BAFTA 2021

Venice Golden Lion winner Nomadland scoops the Best Picture BAFTA

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- There were four BAFTAs for Chloé Zhao’s film, while Promising Young Woman, The Father, Sound of Metal and Soul won two awards apiece

Venice Golden Lion winner Nomadland scoops the Best Picture BAFTA
Director Florian Zeller accepting his Best Adapted Screenplay Award for The Father (© BAFTA)

The Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner Nomadland continues its award-winning journey through the awards season, having taken home Best Film, Director (Chloé Zhao), Leading Actress (Frances McDormand) and Cinematography (Joshua James Richards) at the BAFTAs.

On an evening when the awards were spread across the board, it was a good night for films set in America. Promising Young Woman landed Outstanding British Film and the Best Original Screenplay Award for writer-director Emerald Fennell. British actor Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress for the much-admired Minari. There were European winners for their work on Sound of Metal: Dane Mikkel EG Nielsen was rewarded for his editing, while Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc were honoured for their work on the sound. Mank won the Award for Best Production Design, while Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was honoured for its costumes as well as its make-up and hair. There were also two accolades for Soul: Best Animation and Best Original Score. My Octopus Teacher won Best Documentary, and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet [+see also:
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landed the Best Special Visual Effects Prize for Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Lockley.

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There were also European wins for The Father [+see also:
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, with German helmer Florian Zeller and his British co-screenwriter Christopher Hampton winning Best Adapted Screenplay, while Welsh legend Anthony Hopkins won Best Leading Actor for his turn as a man coming to terms with dementia. Writer-director Remi Weekes received the Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for His House. The Present won the Best British Short Film Award, while the BAFTA for Best British Short Animation was scooped by The Owl and the Pussycat.

In the most touching moment of the ceremony, Thomas Vinterberg dedicated the Best Film Not in the English Language Award to his daughter, Ida, who tragically died in a car accident in Belgium in 2019. Four days into the Another Round [+see also:
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shoot, the Danish director received a call to tell him that his wife, Maria, and daughter had been involved in a fatal car accident. His wife would later recover from her injuries.

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to filmmaker Noel Clarke. The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was introduced by Hugh Grant and presented to director Ang Lee. On the other end of the career spectrum, the EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, went to Bukky Bakray, star of Sarah Gavron’s Rocks [+see also:
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. The British film’s Lucy Pardee also won a BAFTA for Best Casting.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao (USA)

Outstanding British Film
Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell (UK/USA)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
His House – Remi Weekes (UK)

Best Film Not in the English Language
Another Round [+see also:
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- Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands)

Best Documentary
My Octopus Teacher – Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed (South Africa)

Best Animated Film
Soul – Pete Docter, Kemp Powers (USA)

Best Director
Chloé Zhao - Nomadland

Best Original Screenplay
Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay
Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller - The Father [+see also:
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]
(UK/France)

Best Leading Actress
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Leading Actor
Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari (USA)

Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah (USA)

Best Original Score
Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – Soul              

Best Casting
Lucy Pardee - Rocks [+see also:
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]
(UK)

Best Cinematography
Joshua James Richards - Nomadland

Best Editing
Mikkel EG Nielsen - Sound of Metal (USA)

Best Production Design
Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale - Mank (USA)

Best Costume Design
Ann Roth - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (USA)

Best Make-up and Hair
Matiki Anoff, Larry M Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Sound
Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc - Sound of Metal

Best Special Visual Effects
Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley – Tenet [+see also:
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]
(UK/USA)

Best British Short Animation
The Owl and the Pussycat – Mole Hill (UK)

Best British Short Film
The Present - Farah Nabulsi (UK/Palestine)

Fellowship
Ang Lee

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Noel Clarke

EE Rising Star Award
Bukky Bakray

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