Nomadland amongst the big winners at the 2021 BAFTAs
Chloé Zhao’s powerful drama Nomadland came away as one of the biggest winners at this year’s BAFTAs, earning four awards including Best Film and Best Director for Zhao, making her only the second woman in BAFTA’s history to win the latter accolade, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
Nomadland also scored wins in two other categories, with the award for Best Cinematography handed to Joshua James Richards and Frances McDormand scooping up a well-earned Best Leading Actress prize for her role in Zhao’s film.
This year’s somewhat eerie ceremony, presided over by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary and broadcast from a deserted Royal Albert Hall, also held a few other surprises too, with Anthony Hopkins becoming the oldest male to win the Best Actor award for his role in Florian Zeller’s moving tale The Father, while the EE Rising Star award was handed to a visibly shocked Bukkay Bakray.
Other keys moments from last night’s ceremony included both the Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay awards going to Emerald Fennel’s Promising Young Woman, a Best Adapted Screenplay for The Father, and a Best Supporting Actor award for Daniel Kaluuya in recognition for his excellent performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. This year’s BAFTA fellowship was handed to veteran director Ang Lee in recognition of his lifetime’s work.
There were also prizes for Youn Yuh-Jung, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari, My Octopus Teacher, which won Best Documentary, and animated Jazz musical Soul, which won Best Original Score.
A full list of all this year’s nominees and winners can be found on BAFTA’s website.