Nomadland, The Father, Promising Young Woman, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom the awards season favorites took home trophies amongst other gems at the BAFTAs 2021.

BAFTA, the 74th edition of British Academy Film Awards was held virtually in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The award ceremony was held over two nights on 10th and 11th April. 8 of the 25 winners were unveiled on 10th April and the rest were revealed on 11th April. The BAFTAs are considered to be British-equivalent to the Oscars. Keeping up with the tradition of honoring national and international cinema and not letting COVID-19 beat it, the BAFTAs 2021 held up its stature. The award show saw a red carpet, entertaining hosts, tribute to those who we lost and the awards being given out. All of this of course happened virtually but nonetheless not without glitz and glamour.

The award show included global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Hugh Grant, and Tom Hiddleston, among many known others, as presenters. The tear-jerking moment was when BAFTA paid a tribute to all those the film fraternity lost. The “In Memoriam” started with a tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and went on tributing George Segal, Sean Connery, Yaphet Kotto, Barbara Windsor, Olivia de Havilland, Alan Parker, Max von Sydow, Kirk Douglas, Christopher Plummer, and Chadwick Boseman. Bollywood actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor were also mentioned in the tribute. Irrfan Khan’s mention was played along with a dialogue from his Hollywood film Life of Pi.

Coming to the list of winners of BAFTAs, here are all of them:

Best Film: Nomadland

Best Animated Film: Soul

Best Director: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Outstanding British Film: Promising Young Woman

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

Best Film Not In English Language: Another Round

Best Documentary: My Octopus Teacher

Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Father, Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

Best Leading Actress: Frances McDormand, Nomadland


Best Leading Actor: Anthony Hopkins, The Father


Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Original Score: Soul, Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross

Best Casting: Rocks

Best Cinematography: Nomadland

EE Rising Star award: Bukky Bakray


Editing: Sound of Metal, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Production Design: Mank, Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

Costume Design: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Ann Roth

Special Visual Effects: Tenet, Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley

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

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

British Short Animation: The Owl and The Pussycat, Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf

British Short Film: The Present, Farah Nabulsi

The Indian film, The White Tiger was nominated but couldn’t secure a BAFTA. Adarsh Gourav also seems to have lost to veteran actor Anthony Hopkins. Though being included among the list is also a huge honor for India.

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