Nomadland emerged as the consistent overall winner on the second and final night of the 2021 BAFTA film awards weekend on Sunday.
The best film award went to Chloe Zhao’s critically acclaimed exploration of the American West’s nomad community and leading actress for Frances McDormand, director for Zhao best cinematography for Joshua James Richards. Zhao, who became the first woman of color to win the director award and just the second woman in the award’s history, later admitted she would be “very hungover” on Monday morning after celebrating her win. “It’s never too early to be drunk in California,” she said.
Other than that, there was a lot of appreciation, with four films winning both awards.
Anthony Hopkins won the award for best leading actor for his work in Florian Zeller’s The Father, which also took home the award for best-adapted screenplay. Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell won best British film and original screenplay, while Pixar’s Soul won the best animation and original score. Meanwhile, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom took home two awards for makeup and hair and costume design at the ceremony held on Saturday night, which was primarily based on the art categories. Bukky Bakray, the lead actress in Sarah Gavron’s coming-of-age Brit drama Rocks, received the BAFTA rising star award (following in the footsteps of previous winners Letitia Wright and John Boyega), and the film also took home a BAFTA for casting.
Daniel Kaluuya And Yuh-Jung Youn Also Won Awards
In other categories, Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah won best supporting actor, and Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari won best-supporting actress. Youn joked that the award was particularly meaningful to her because Brits were “snobbish,” perhaps the night’s most amusing moment.
The Royal Albert Hall hosted both Saturday and Sunday ceremonies, with nominees participating virtually. On Sunday, the longer of the two events included many musical performances and Ang Lee receiving the BAFTA Fellowship medal, the British Academy’s highest distinction.
Nomadland and Rocks were in tie with seven nominations, each going into the awards, with The Father, Mank, Minari, and Promising Young Woman close behind with six each.
The winners were the most diverse in BAFTA history, with 16 of the 24 actors nominated in the performance categories hailing from racial or ethnic minorities and a record four women shortlisted for best director.
Prince William Did Not Attend BAFTA Awards Due To The Death Of Prince William
Following his grandfather’s death, Prince Philip, Prince William has withdrawn from this weekend’s BAFTA Awards, Variety has reported.
According to a statement from BAFTA, the Duke of Cambridge was no longer part of BAFTA programming this weekend as a result of The Duke of Edinburgh’s death. “At this moment, our thoughts are with the Royal Family, to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.”
Prince William, the president of BAFTA and usually sits front and center with Kate at the ceremony. As per schedule he was to lead a pre-recorded discussion with a three-time BAFTA-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup and hair designer Sharon Martin at Saturday night’s craft awards. Their conversation would have focused on the difficulties of shooting in a lockout situation. And the art of filmmaking in general.
Prince William’s Speech Was Going To Be Virtual
According to schedule he was to give a speech at the key film awards on Sunday. This would have been distributed via a virtual connection and lived. However, Prince thought any participation would be inappropriate only a day after Prince Philip’s death. Prince Philip was the organization’s first president in 1959.
Many of BAFTA’s presidents have been members of the royal family, except Richard Attenborough, director of “Gandhi”. In 2010, Prince William was elected president, succeeding his aunt, Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter.
The BAFTA Film Awards took place on both weekend nights on the BBC. BBC will resume daily programming after Prince Philip’s death threw its usual schedule into disarray on Friday. In the last 24 hours, the corporation’s programming has been very vast. It had no way but to create a new complaints page for irate viewers.
In honor of the duke, a senior figure in the navy before his marriage to Queen Elizabeth, soldiers fired gunshots throughout the United Kingdom, in Gibraltar, and at sea earlier on Saturday. Well-wishers have formed lines outside Buckingham Palace in London, hoping to leave flowers at the palace gates.
BAFTA paid tribute to Prince Philip during its ceremonies.
BAFTA Awards Remember First President Prince Philip
Prince Philip’s support for British cinema was honored at the Baftas, which took place two days after his death. At the age of 99, the Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. From 1959 to 1965, Prince Philip served as the first president of BAFTA, beginning a royal patronage tradition. Which included Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Princess Royal, and Lord Attenborough. Since 2010, his grandson, Prince William, has served as president.
According to host Dermot O’Leary, BAFTA was “highly saddened” to hear of Prince Philip’s death and co-host Edith Bowman. He said that Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen’s “support over these years has helped BAFTA. They are a leading charity in the arts, to continue in challenging times and still be here in 2021.”
‘The Duke of Edinburgh holds a special place in BAFTA’s history,’ Bowman continued.
Prince William was ready to deliver a speech via video link. It was to honor the film industry’s tenacity over the past year. However, due to his grandfather’s passing, he could not participate in the show, with Kensington Palace confirming his absence.