2021 BAFTA Awards: The Nominations

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) revealed the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2021.

In glancing at the list, a major take away is Best Actress in a Leading Role is not going to be a consensus pick this year. If anything, the eventual Oscar winner might have one major win during these major awards coming down the stretch. BAFTA nominees Vanessa Kirby or Frances McDormand are also up for SAG Awards. I will note, however, that while Alfre Woodard picked up a nomination, she is ineligible for both the SAG Awards and upcoming Academy Awards show. This goes down to Clemency being released in 2020 across the pond. The US release came in December 2019. I’ll note that I had Alfre Woodard appear on all my awards nomination ballots in 2019. This is how much her performance stuck with me when I attended the Sundance awards screening.

What is most perplexing is how Promising Young Woman is tied for second with six nominations but Carey Mulligan falls short of a BAFTA nomination. I’m wondering if this is because of The Dig also seeing so much BAFTA love with five nominations. While this was my initial thought, her performance in The Dig wasn’t on the BAFTA long list. Personally, I wish that Netflix released The Dig later this year so that it would have a stronger awards push. However, I’m most excited to see some BAFTA love for Calm With Horses. While the film was released in the US under The Shadow of Violence, I knew it was a special film going into TIFF in 2019.

This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April. Two shows, recognizing 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, April 10 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The show on Sunday, April 11 will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD. Both programs will be broadcast in all major territories around the world.

I’m not reformatting the press release to remove the ALL CAPS. The nominations are below.

BEST FILM

  • THE FATHER Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt
  • THE MAURITANIAN Nominees TBC
  • NOMADLAND 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

DOCUMENTARY

  • 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

DIRECTOR

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

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 Willis
  • SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

CASTING

  • 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

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

EDITING

  • 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

SOUND

  • GREYHOUND Nominees TBC
  • 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

EE RISING STAR AWARD

  • BUKKY BAKRAY
  • CONRAD KHAN
  • KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR
  • MORFYDD CLARK
  • ṢỌPẸ DÌRÍSÙ

The EE BAFTA Film Awards will take place on April 11, 2021 and air on BBC One.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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