BAFTA 2021: the winners – Film Review


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The last decisive step before the Oscars ceremony in ten days, that of the BAFTAs took place last weekend at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Spread over two days, the supreme prizes for British cinema were first awarded in six technical categories as well as for short films on Saturday, then for the others on Sunday 11 April. Even though some health restrictions were about to be lifted in the UK at that time, the festivities went mostly virtual. That is to say with the nominees and the winners at home, the presenters on the square and – what a funny choice! – the audience in the room replaced by pre-recorded applause and laughter.

As already announced last week, on Tuesday April 6, Taiwanese director Ang Lee (* 1954) received the honorary prize from the Academy of British Cinema. The BAFTA Fellowship was awarded to him, remotely, by actor Hugh Grant, who had played for Lee in his first English-language film Reason and feelings. The latter won the director the BAFTA for Best Film in 1996. Ang Lee has been nominated ten times for the British Cinema Awards so far. He’s won it four times: in addition to Jane Austen’s adaptation for Tiger and dragon in the categories of Best Director and Best Foreign Film in 2001, as well as five years later for the production of Secret of Brokeback Mountain.

Normally a highly official event, the BAFTAs ceremony must have done without the presence of Prince William this year, due to the disappearance of his grandfather, Prince Philip, the day before the festive weekend. As for the winners, there are generally, with one or two exceptions, most of the favorites at the Oscars. Which still has something to disappoint, after a list of nominations more inclusive and local than ever!

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Best film : Nomadland by Chloé Zhao, produced by Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears and Chloé Zhao, soon to be released in France

Best British Film: Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell, soon to be screened in France (Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox and Josey McNamara)

Best Director: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland, soon to the cinema in France

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Best Actress: Frances McDormand in Nomadland, soon to the cinema in France

Best actor : Anthony Hopkins in The Father, soon to the cinema in France

Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung in Minari, soon to the cinema in France

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah, no cinema release date in France

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Best Original Screenplay: Promising Young Woman by Emerald Fennell, soon in theaters in France

Best Adapted Scenario: The Father by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, soon in theaters in France

Best Foreign Film: Drunk (Denmark) by Thomas Vinterberg (Thomas Vinterberg and Sisse Graum Jørgensen)

Best Documentary: The Wisdom of the Octopus by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, no cinema release date in France

Best Animated Film: Drunk by Pete Docter, no cinema release date in France (Pete Docter and Dana Murray)

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Best photo: Nomadland, soon in theaters in France – Joshua James Richards

Best Editing: Sound of Metal, soon in theaters in France – Mikkel EG Nielsen

Best Music: Drunk, no cinema release date in France – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best scenery: Mank, no cinema release date in France – Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale

Best costumes: Ma Rainey’s Blues, no cinema release date in France – Ann Roth

Best makeup and hairstyle: Ma Rainey’s Blues, no cinema release date in France – Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera and Mia Neal

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Best sound: Sound of Metal, soon at the cinema in France Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc

Best special effects: Tenet – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Lockley

Best Cast: Rocks – Lucy Pardee

Best First Film by a UK Writer, Director or Producer: His House, no cinema release date in France – Remi Weeks (writer / director)

Best British Animated Short: The Owl and the Pussycat – Mole Hill and Laura Duncalf

Best British Short Film: The Present – Farah Nabulsi

EE Rising Star Award: Bukky Bakray (Rocks)

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