BAFTA Nominations 2021 revealed.

  • Posted On:March 10, 2021

There has been talk of a "huge shake up with diversity" at the BAFTA’s after last year’s backlash when not one actor of colour was nominated and the lack of female directors. This year, four out of the six nominees in each of the acting categories are from ethnic minority backgrounds and four of the nominated directors are women, while three are also nominated for best film not in the English language.

The biggest surprise for some this year has been within the acting categories, where many of the predicted nominees have missed out on this year's nominations including Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Olivia Colman, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman. 

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, commented: “We are 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."

It does beg the question: What was the process before? Were all entered films not seen by members and not judged on merit?

The winners will be announced at a ceremony without a live audience on 11 April. 

Full list of nominees 

Best film 
The Father
The Mauritanian
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7 

Outstanding British film 
Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud 

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] 

Best film not in the English language 
Another Round
Dear Comrades!
Les Misérables
Quo Vadis, Aida? 

Best documentary 
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The Dissident
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma 

Best animated film 

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

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

Best adapted screenplay 
Moira Buffini, The Dig
Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, The Father
Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, MB Traven, The Mauritanian
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
Ramin Bahrani, The White Tiger 

Best 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 

Best 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 

Best 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 

Best 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 

Best original score 
News of the World
Promising Young Woman

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