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Promising Young Woman and Nomadland were among the big winners at the BAFTAs 2021, which took place virtually tonight (April 11).

This year, the awards ceremony was split into two parts, with the “opening night” last night (April 10) seeing awards for Costume Design, Casting, British Short Film, and more handed out.

That event also saw actor, writer, and director Noel Clarke given the Outstanding Contribution To Cinema award. In his speech, the star dedicated the honor to “the underrepresented”.

During tonight’s ceremony, Promising Young Woman took home the awards for Outstanding British Film and Original Screenplay. Nomadland, meanwhile, walked away with the trophies for Best Film, Cinematography, Leading Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Director for Chloe Zhao.

‘Nomadland’ Wins Big at Diverse BAFTAs

Four awards went to Chloé Zhao’s tale of itinerant Americans, living in vans and rolling through gorgeous landscapes, seeking temporary jobs to eke out an existence, according to The NY Times.

“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao’s film about a woman forced to join the rising numbers of Americans living out of vans as they search for work, was the big winner at the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday.

It was named best film at Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, better known as the BAFTAs, beating the likes of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and the much-hyped “Promising Young Woman,” starring Carey Mulligan.

Zhao was also named best director, only the second woman to get the accolade, after Kathryn Bigelow won in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker,” while Frances McDormand, the star of “Nomadland,” won best actress. The film, which has been heavily praised by British critics for its “delicate, incisive portrait of a life lived on the road,” also took the award for best cinematography.

Zhao referred to her time studying in an English seaside town when accepting the best director award. “Wow, I think I just made my teacher at Brighton College really proud,” she said, to laughter from the virtual audience.

But she dedicated her awards haul to the nomadic Americans, middle-aged and older, who participated in the film. “Thank you for showing us that aging is a beautiful part of life,” Zhao said. “How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society,” she added, “and we need to do better.”

The success of “Nomadland” is likely to increase hype around the film ahead of this year’s Oscars, scheduled for April 25, where it is nominated for six awards.

The BAFTAs are normally seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards because there is some overlap between the 7,000-strong membership of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which organizes the BAFTAs, and the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Although four of the movies contending for the best picture Oscar — “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari” and “Sound of Metal” — were not nominated in the BAFTAs best film category.

Predictions for Oscars

The BAFTAs are a crucial marker in the Oscar race, because there’s an actual overlap between the British Academy and Oscar voters. But the outcome of this weekend’sBAFTA races, split into two virtual awards presentations, was less predictive than usual. That’s because while the British contingent of Oscar voters dominates the increasingly international Academy (25 percent of the 9,362 total), in order to combat #BAFTAsSoWhite this year, juries weighed in on the directing and acting categories, nominating a record 24 first-timers. This meant that not only were several Oscar-nominated players not competing, but that any American nominees that survived the always British-leaning BAFTAs were stronger than ever.

BAFTA Film Awards 2021: Completed List of Winners, ‘Nomadland’ is Big Winners, Predictions for Oscars

Full List of BAFTA's Winner List

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

The outstanding British contribution to cinema

Noel Clarke

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