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Nomadland and Rocks Lead BAFTA 2021 Nominations

This year's nominations cover a hugely diverse field, which also includes The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman

The BAFTA Film Award 2021 nominations are now in, and – in a surprise turnaround from last year's controversial awards – are shaping up to be a far more inclusive and diverse affair. Two of last year's best films, Nomadland and Rocks, received the most nods with seven apiece, while The Father, Minari, Promising Young Woman and Mank all received six nominations.

In recent years, BAFTA has faced accusations over the lack of representation for people of colour, minority groups, and women. After last year's ceremony failed to showcase a diverse range of nominees, the organisation admitted fault and vowed to turn things around. This year things do appear to be looking up: 16 of the 24 actors nominated for awards are from ethnic minority groups, while four female directors – Shannon Murphy, Chloé Zhao, Jasmila Žbanić, and Sarah Gavron – have been nominated for Best Director – a BAFTA first.

The Father, The Mauritanian, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 were all nominated for Best Film, while Calm with Horses, The Dig, His House, Saint Maud and Mogul Mowgli were just some of the ten films nominated for Best British Film. For an organisation who were beginning to feel out of touch, this marks a notable change – the features here paint a far more varied and accurate picture of the industry as it is today.

You can read the full list of nominees below:

Best Film

The Father
The Mauritanian
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film

Calm with Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director)
Limbo – Ben Sharrock (writer/director), Irune Gurtubai (producer) also produced by Angus Lamont
Moffie – Jack Sidey (writer/producer)
Rocks – Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (writers)
Saint Maud – Rose Glass (writer/director), Oliver Kassman (producer)

Best film Not in the English Language

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

Best Documentary

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

Best Animated Film


Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
Shannon Murphy, Babyteeth
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
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
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
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
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
Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

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

Best 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

Best Original Score

News of the World
Promising Young Woman

Best Casting

Calm with Horses
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah
The Mauritanian
News of the World

Best Editing

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

Best Production Design

The Dig
The Father
News of the World

Best Costume Design

The Dig
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Make up and Hair

The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Sound

News of the World
Sound of Metal

Best Special Visual Effects

The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan

Best British Short Animation

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

Best British Short Film

Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present

EE Rising Star Award
Bukky Bakray
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù
Conrad Khan

This year's BAFTA winners will be announced at a live, audience-less ceremony on 11 April.

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