Bafta Film Awards 2021 nominations announced

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Chloé Zhao's Nomadland and Sarah Gavron's Rocks lead the 2021 Bafta film awards nominations, with both titles landing seven nods apiece.

Four films followed with six nominations each: The Father, Promising Young Woman, Minari and Mank.

In a first for Bafta, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.

A British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award mask is displayed by an employee during a media viewing at the Savoy Hotel in London February 8, 2012. The BAFTA awards ceremony will take place on Sunday.   REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Four women have been nominated in the Director category – a Bafta first. (Reuters)

Bafta chairman Krishnendu Majumdar was joined by actresses Aisling Bea and Susan Wokoma to announce the nominations for the 2021 Bafta Film Awards.

Best Film

The Father

The Mauritanian

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British Film

Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù in 'His House'. (Credit: Aidan Monaghan/Netflix)
Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù in His House. (Netflix)

Calm with Horses

The Dig

The Father

His House

Limbo

The Mauritanian

Mogul Mowgli

Promising Young Woman

Rocks

Saint Maud

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

His House, Remi Weekes

Limbo, Ben Sharrock

Moffie, Jack Sidey

Rocks, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

Saint Maud, Rose Glass

Film not in English language

Mads Mikkelsen in a still from Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round. (Studiocanal/Henrik Ohsten)
Mads Mikkelsen in a still from Thomas Vinterberg's Another Round. (Studiocanal)

Another Round

Dear Comrades!

Les Misérables

Minari

Quo Vadis, Aida?

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

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Director

Babyteeth
Babyteeth

Shannon Murphy, Babyteeth

Jasmila Zbanic, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Sarah Gavron, Rocks

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Original Screenplay

Another Round

Mank

Promising Young Woman

Rocks

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Adapted Screenplay

The Dig (Credit: Netflix)
The Dig (Netflix)

The Dig

The Father

The Mauritanian

Nomadland

The White Tiger

Leading Actress

Bukky Bakray, Rocks

Radha Blank, The 40-Year-Old Version

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Wunmi Mosaku, His House

Alfre Woodward, Clemency

Leading Actor

Chadwick Boseman in a still from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. (Netflix)
Chadwick Boseman in a still from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. (Netflix)

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

Amanda Berry, 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 across on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April.”

Bafta has also introduced changes to voting, membership and campaigning processes as a result of controversy last year, while the outstanding British film category will be expanded from six to 10 nominations to increase the focus on British work.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Chair of TV Committee, Krishnendu Majumdar attends the Virgin TV BAFTA nominees' party at Mondrian London on April 19, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar was joined by actresses Aisling Bea and Susan Wokoma to announce the nominations for the 2021 Bafta Film Awards. (Getty Images)

The nominations for the 2020 film awards featured no non-white actors in the four main acting categories, and an absence of female directors, and Bafta subsequently announced that it would carry out a “careful and detailed review” of its voting system.

Bafta has since introduced a new long-listing round of voting in all categories to achieve greater diversity in nominations.

All voters, chapters and juries were required to watch all long-listed films before voting for the nominees.

Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar said: “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.”

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on 11 April.