Film - BAFTA Film Award Nominations 2021


Nomadland and Rocks are joint top of the list as BAFTA has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2021. Here's the full list as Susan Omand picks her winners ...


Celebrating the very best in film of the past year, it was really good to see a total of 50 feature films made the nominations list. Leading the pack, Nomadland and Rocks both got seven nominations, including going head to head over the Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actress and Best Director awards which, in a first for BAFTA, saw four women nominated out of the six in contention in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also up for Film Not in the English Language, which may be a reflection on how people are now watching films; being at home watching online may allow them to give time, without too much money, on trying something previously considered "difficult". Just my opinion though.

Supporting new talent has always been at the heart of BAFTA’s remit and four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories. Also this year, first-time nominees account for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories, meaning there will definitely be "a new name on the cup" for some of the awards. Another change has seen the Outstanding British Film category increased from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film, and reflecting the wealth and diversity of home-grown talent.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “The last year has seen the Covid-19 pandemic impact everyone, and the film industry is no exception. I would like to thank all those who have supported us and enabled BAFTA to continue to celebrate the very best work in film, from our members who embraced the changes we made to the voting process to the distributors for ensuring that many more films were available for online viewing. Film has always held an essential place in our culture but I think we can all agree that it has been even more important during this time. I very much look forward to celebrating the incredible talent of all our nominees on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th April.”

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, added “This year’s nominations showcase and celebrate the remarkable range of performances and nominees behind the camera from 50 films and we’re delighted to recognise such high-quality work. We are also delighted to see the strength of British film shine through in all categories.

“After last year’s nominations, we started the BAFTA Review process with the intention of levelling the playing field and introduced​ a range of measures to ensure that all entered films were seen by our members and judged on merit. We hope today you can see some of those changes reflected in the breadth and depth of those nominated and we congratulate all our nominees.”

Personally speaking, I was delighted to see Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 pick up 3 nominations and it's impressive that a horror film, Saint Maud, has made it to the list for both Outstanding British Film and Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Rose Glass. I am going to go out on a limb here though and say that I was slightly disappointed by the Documentary nominations as it feels a little lacklustre, dare I say "obvious," mind you a fair number of the films in other categories are "based on" or "inspired by" real events so I guess my non-fiction brain can't complain too much. The most competitive category for me will be the Animation nominations; all three deserve to win for various reasons. 

The nominations were announced by Aisling Bea and Susan Wokoma at the Royal Albert Hall in London and you can watch the announcement in full below [it's only 10 minutes or so - Ed]:


Our own Mystic Mug, Susan Omand, took a look at the full list below and picked her winners [save the list so you can point and laugh at her ineptitude in April - Ed]


BEST FILM


THE FATHER
THE MAURITANIAN 
NOMADLAND  ** WILL WIN **
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 ** SHOULD WIN **



OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM


CALM WITH HORSES
THE DIG
THE FATHER 
HIS HOUSE
LIMBO
THE MAURITANIAN
MOGUL MOWGLI 
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
ROCKS  ** WILL WIN **
SAINT MAUD ** SHOULD WIN ** 



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) ** WILL WIN ** 
SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell] ** SHOULD WIN **



FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen
DEAR COMRADES! Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov
LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Ly
MINARI  ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN ** Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich



DOCUMENTARY

COLLECTIVE Alexander Nanau
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET ** WILL WIN because Attenborough **  Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey
THE DISSIDENT  Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER ** SHOULD WIN because octopus ** Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes



ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae ** SHOULD WIN **
SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray ** SHOULD WIN **
WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young  ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN but I'm happy with any of them winning **



DIRECTOR

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg
BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy ** SHOULD WIN **
MINARI Lee Isaac Chung
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao ** WILL WIN ** 
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić
ROCKS Sarah Gavron



ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
MANK Jack Fincher
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell ** WILL WIN **
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin ** SHOULD WIN ** 



ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini ** SHOULD WIN **
THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao ** WILL WIN ** 
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 ** WILL WIN ** 
WUNMI MOSAKU His House
ALFRE WOODARD Clemency ** SHOULD WIN ** 



LEADING ACTOR

RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal ** SHOULD WIN **
CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ** WILL WIN ** 
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 ** WILL WIN **
MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah 
ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines
YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari ** SHOULD WIN **



SUPPORTING ACTOR

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN **
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 ** WILL WIN **
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis
SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross ** SHOULD WIN **



CASTING

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel ** SHOULD WIN **
MINARI Julia Kim
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
ROCKS Lucy Pardee ** WILL WIN **



CINEMATOGRAPHY

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 ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN **



EDITING

THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao **  WILL WIN **
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval
SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten ** SHOULD WIN **



PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald ** WILL WIN **
THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale ** SHOULD WIN **
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 ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN **
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 ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN **
MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier



SOUND

GREYHOUND Nominees TBC
NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney ** WILL WIN **
NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder
SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker ** SHOULD WIN **
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 ** SHOULD WIN **
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 ** WILL WIN **



BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf ** SHOULD AND WILL WIN **
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 ** SHOULD WIN **
LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja
MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy
THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi ** WILL WIN **



EE RISING STAR AWARD

BUKKY BAKRAY ** WILL WIN **
CONRAD KHAN
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR ** SHOULD WIN **
MORFYDD CLARK
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The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award, the only award that is voted for by the British public. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/bafta.

This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10th and 11th April. Two shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall. The first show, celebrating the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10th April on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The show on Sunday 11th April will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Images - BAFTA/Jamie Simonds