Bafta 2021: “Nomadland” triumphs, Anthony Hopkins crowned best actor

The Bafta ceremony, the British cinema awards, took place this Sunday evening in the prestigious auditorium of the Royal Albert Hall. Organized without an audience due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event took place in national mourning in the United Kingdom after the death of Prince Philip on Friday.

Hymn to the glory of modern hippies traveling the United States, “Nomadland” triumphed. He won four awards: best director (Chloé Zhao), best film, best actress (American Frances McDormand) and best photography. Already awarded at the Golden Globes at the end of February and the first woman to have obtained four Oscar nominations in the same year, the 39-year-old independent filmmaker paid tribute to “the nomadic community that has so generously welcomed us into her life, she shared with us. his dreams, his struggles ”.

The American Frances mcdormand was crowned best actress for her role in “Nomadland”. Thanks to her portrayal of a nomadic woman in the United States, the 63-year-old actress notably beat Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”), whom she will face again in the best actress category at the Oscars.

Anthony hopkins won the award for best actor for his portrayal of an old man falling into dementia in “The Father”, by Frenchman Florian Zeller. The Welsh-born and naturalized American comedian blew the prize to Mads Mikkelsen, Tahar Rahim, Riz Ahmed, Adarsh ​​Gourav and Chadwick Boseman. After the ceremony, the 83-year-old actor, joined in Wales where he is now, told reporters he was “proud” to be part of this “powerful film”. Winning this award “is a bonus,” said this legend of cinema who could do it again at the Oscars.

“Promising Young Woman”, by Emerald Fennell (who plays Camilla Parker-Bowles in the series “The Crown”), was named best British film and best original screenplay. In this dark comedy, Carey Mulligan uses unorthodox methods to wage war against the patriarchy.

The film “Another round” was crowned best film in a foreign language. Signed Thomas Vinterberg, “Drunk” (the French title) features four slightly depressed high school teachers who decide to put into practice the theory of a Norwegian psychologist: by maintaining his alcohol level at 0.5 g per liter of blood, the man would see his life markedly improved. The results quickly turn out to be conclusive: drunk, the four friends are more inspired at work and more relaxed at home. But when they increase their alcohol consumption even more, their existence goes astray.

“The Father”, the first film by French director Florian Zeller, received the prize for best adapted screenplay. Adapted from the play of the same name, it was shot in London. “It has been a real honor to work in your country, which is truly a country of theater,” reacted Florian Zeller. “I am French but in my heart I feel English”, he added, speaking in a tuxedo, although in videoconference.

“Soul”, from Pixar Studios, was named Best Animated Feature. It tells the story of a jazzman professor of piano who, propelled into the beyond, will have to train “22”, a soul which has never succeeded in incarnating itself in an earthly body, because it does not exist. ‘interested in nothing.

Ang Lee honored

The Bafta for Best Supporting Actress went to the South Korean Youn Yuh-jung, 73, for “Minari”, which tells the story of an American family of South Korean origin looking for a new life in the countryside.

The Briton Daniel Kaluuya, 32, received the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, young leader of the revolutionary black movement Black Panther, in the film “Judas and the Black Messiah”.

The “Rising Star” award went to Bukky bakray for “Rocks”, which puts in the spotlight a group of teenage girls of various origins and making their first steps in the cinema. She plays a 15-year-old girl abandoned by her mother who tries to get by with her younger brother, supported by her friends. This is the very first role of this young girl with dual British and Nigerian nationality, who had been spotted in her acting class. Cries of joy rang out at the actress’ home at the announcement. “Thank you my God, thank you to my parents,” responded the actress.

This award is a consolation for this film which had accumulated seven nominations, as many as “Nomadland”. But his status as an underdog favorite was quite a symbol for awards criticized for their lack of diversity. The 2020 nominations did not feature any non-white actors in the four main categories and no female director was selected, prompting the organization to add a round of voting in an effort to achieve greater diversity in its selection.

Director Ang lee (“Reason and feelings”, “Tiger and dragon”, “The Odyssey of Pi”) received the Bafta Academy Fellowship, the highest distinction of the Bafta, rewarding the whole of his work.

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Bafta 2021: “Nomadland” triumphs, Anthony Hopkins crowned best actor

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