BAFTA Film Awards 2021 – Winners

As we approach the end of awards season 2021, it was time for this side of the pond to dish out the gold for the best films of 2020 as the British Academy of Film and Television Awards took place over the course of two nights for the first time ever, hosted by the wonderful Edith Bowman.

The big winner of the night was, unsurprisingly, Nomadland; the film won Chloe Zhao a Best Director award, whilst also collecting Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Actress for star Frances McDormand, making her a three time winner in the acting category as well as Best Film. In Best Actor, Anthony Hopkins took home the prize for his astonishing performance in The Father – A surprise, given the love for the late Chadwick Boseman this awards season, but not an unwelcome one given the warm reception to his performance. The film itself also walked away with Best Adapted Screenplay, whilst Best Original Screenplay landed in the lap of Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, in addition to Outstanding British Film.

Baftas 2021 awards: Daniel Kaluuya and Nomadland among winners

Daniel Kaluuya and Yuh-Jung Youn picked up the supporting acting awards, for their acclaimed performances in Judas and the Black Messiah and Minari respectively – The only wins for those two films and Sound of Metal (available to watch on Amazon Prime as of today) came home with two awards for Editing and Sound. The very-well loved Another Round won Best Film Not in the English Language, My Octopus Teacher won Best Documentary and Soul unsurprisingly took home Best Animated Feature, as well as Best Original Score.

Arguably the most important awards at the BAFTAs are those specifically designed for British cinema and, while Outstanding British Film being given to Promising Young Woman seemed a little uninspired given the range of talent on display in that category, there was plenty of love for Remi Weekes winning Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Netflix horror film His House. The Owl and the Pussycat and Oscar nominee The Present took home British Short Animation and British Short Film respectively. The EE Rising Star Award, a staple award at the ceremony voted on by the public, was won by Rocks star Bukky Bakray, the youngest recipient of the award at just 19 years old. The film itself also won the award for Casting.

Finally, the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema went to Noel Clarke; the actor/director, famous for his roles in Bulletproof, Doctor Who, and for starring in and directing the Adulthood trilogy, dedicated his award to the “under-represented” in a rousing speech that was understandably met with an outpouring of love on social media. As a consistently brilliant part of British media for so long, it’s absolutely wonderful to see Clarke take home such an important award.

Best Film

The Father (Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt)
The Mauritanian
(Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao)
Promising Young Woman (Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Stuart Besser, Marc Platt)

Outstanding British Film

Calm With Horses (Nick Rowland, Daniel Emmerson, Joe Murtagh)
The Dig (Simon Stone, Gabrielle Tana, Moira Buffini)
The Father (Florian Zeller, Philippe Carcassone, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christopher Hampton)
His House (Remi Weekes, Martin Gentles, Edward Kings, Roy Lee)
Limbo (Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont)

The Mauritanian (Kevin Macdonald, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven)
Mogul Mowgli (Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee)
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara)
Rocks (Sarah Gavron, Ameenah Ayub Allen, Faye Ward, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson)
Saint Maud (Rose Glass, Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman)

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) [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])

Film not in the English Language

Another Round (Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen)
Dear Comrades! (Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov)
Les Misérables (Ladj Ly)
Minari (Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh)
Quo Vadis, Aida? ( Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich)


Collective (Alexander Nanau)
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey)
The Dissident (Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen)
My Octopus Teacher (Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster)
The Social Dilemma (Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes)

Animated Film

Onward (Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae)
Soul (Pete Docter, Dana Murray)
Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young)


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

BAFTA 2021 Film Awards: Emerald Fennell wins TWICE for Promising Young  Woman | Daily Mail Online

Original Screenplay

Another Round (Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg)
Mank ( Jack Fincher)
Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
Rocks (Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Aaron Sorkin)

Adapted Screenplay

The Dig (Moira Buffini)
The Father (Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller)
The Mauritanian (Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
The White Tiger (Ramin Bahrani)

Leading 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)

Leading 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)

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)

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)

Original Score

Mank (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
Minari (Emile Mosseri)
News of the World (James Newton Howard)
Promising Young Woman (Anthony Willis0
Soul (Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)


Calm with Horses (Shaheen Baig)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Alexa L. Fogel)
Minari (Julia Kim)
Promising Young Woman (Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu)
Rocks (Lucy Pardee)


Judas and the Black Messiah (Sean Bobbitt)
Mank (Erik Messerschmidt)
The Mauritanian (Alwin H. Küchler)
News of the World (Dariusz Wolski)
Nomadland (Joshua James Richards)

Joshua James Richards Wins Cinematography with Nomadland | EE BAFTA Film  Awards 2021 - YouTube


The Father (Yorgos Lamprinos)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao)
Promising Young Woman (Frédéric Thoraval)
Sound of Metal (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Alan Baumgarten

Production Design

The Dig (Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald)
The Father (Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone)
Mank (Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale)
News of the World (David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan)
Rebecca (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)

Costume Design

Ammonite (Michael O’Connor)
The Dig (Alice Babidge)
Emma (Alexandra Byrne)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ann Roth)
Mank (Trish Summerville)

Make Up & Hair

The Dig (Jenny Shircore)
Hillbilly Elegy (Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal)
Mank (Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams)
Pinocchio (Mark Coulier)


Greyhound (Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt)
News of the World (Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney)
Nomadland (Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder)
Soul (Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker)
Sound of Metal (Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc)

Special Visual Effects

Greyhound (Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt)
The Midnight Sky (Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David Watkins)
Mulan (Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury)
The One and Only Ivan (Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher)
Tenet (Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley)

British Short Animation

The Fire Next Time (Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe)
The Owl and the Pussycat (Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf)
The Song of a Lost Boy (Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein)

British Short Film

Eyelash (Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman)
Lizard (Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies)
Lucky Break (John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja)
Miss Curvy (Ghada Eldemellawy)
The Present (Farah Nabulsi)

BAFTA Film Awards 2021: All the winners and nominees | Ents & Arts News |  Sky News

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public) 

Bukky Bakray
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Ṣope Dìrísù 
Conrad Khan

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema
Noel Clarke

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