The second and final night of the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards was dominated by Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland'. The Frances McDormand-led road movie picked up four prizes, including the one for best film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Searchlight-produced movie also won for lead actress, cinematography and director, putting it well ahead of all other films. Accepting the Best Director award, Zhao commented the honour would "make my teacher at Brighton College very proud."
The 2021 event also marked a historic turning point for the BAFTAs. They were the first edition to take place since the organisation's ground-breaking diversity review, which was carried out following last year's #BAFTAsSoWhite scandal.
A brief tribute was paid to the Late Prince Philip, BAFTA's first president, before delving straight into the prizes. The second night of the ceremony, which was longer of the two, had several musical performances and also saw Ang Lee presented with the BAFTA Fellowship award, the British Academy's highest honour.
The leading actor award was given to Anthony Hopkins for his performance in Florian Zeller's 'The Father', which also landed the statuette for best-adapted screenplay. Emerald Fennell's 'Promising Young Woman' claimed outstanding British film and original screenplay, and Pixar's 'Soul' won for animation and original score.
Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for 'Judas and the Black Messiah', in other performance categories, while Yuh-Jung Youn won best-supporting actress for 'Minari'. In possibly the night's most comical moment, Youn joked that the award was especially meaningful to her as Brits were "snobbish".
'Nomadland' and 'Rocks' were tied, having claimed seven nominations each, with 'The Father', 'Mank', 'Minari' and 'Promising Young Woman' just behind with six.
Here's the complete list of the second-night winners:
Best FilmNomadland - (Winner)The FatherThe MauritanianPromising Young WomanThe Trial Of The Chicago 7
Leading ActressFrances McDormand, Nomadland - (Winner)Bukky Bakray, RocksRadha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old VersionVanessa Kirby, Pieces Of A WomanWunmi Mosaku, His HouseAlfre Woodard, Clemency
Leading ActorAnthony Hopkins, The Father - (Winner)Riz Ahmed, Sound Of MetalChadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black BottomAdarsh Gourav, The White TigerMads Mikkelsen, Another RoundTahar Rahim, The Mauritanian
DirectorNomadland, Chloe Zhao - (Winner)Another Round, Thomas VinterbergBabyteeth, Shannon MurphyMinari, Lee Isaac ChungQuo Vadis, Aida?, Jasmila ZbanicRocks, Sarah Gavron
Rising StarBukky Bakray - (Winner)Conrad KhanKingsley Ben-AdirMorfydd ClarkSope Dirisu
Outstanding British FilmPromising Young Woman - (Winner)Calm With HorsesThe DigThe FatherHis HouseLimboThe MauritanianMogul MowgliRocksSaint Maud
Original ScoreSoul, Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - (Winner)Mank, Trent Reznor, Atticus RossMinari, Emile MosseriNews Of The World, James Newton HowardPromising Young Woman, Anthony Willis
DocumentaryMy Octopus Teacher - (Winner)CollectiveDavid Attenborough: A Life On Our PlanetThe DissidentThe Social Dilemma
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or ProducerHis House, Remi Weekes (Writer/Director) - (Winner)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]
Supporting ActorDaniel Kaluuya, Judas And The Black Messiah - (Winner)Barry Keoghan, Calm With HorsesAlan Kim, MinariLeslie Odom Jr., One Night In Miami...Clarke Peters, Da 5 BloodsPaul Raci, Sound Of Metal
Original ScreenplayPromising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell - (Winner)Another Round, Tobias Lindholm, Thomas VinterbergMank, Jack FincherRocks, Theresa Ikoko, Claire WilsonThe Trial Of The Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin
Supporting ActressYuh-Jung Youn, Minari - (Winner)Niamh Algar, Calm With HorsesKosar Ali, RocksMaria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent MoviefilmDominique Fishback, Judas And The Black MessiahAshley Madekwe, County Lines
CinematographyNomadland, Joshua James Richards - (Winner)Judas And The Black Messiah, Sean BobbittMank, Erik MesserschmidtThe Mauritanian, Alwin H. KuchlerNews Of The World, Dariusz Wolski
Film Not In The English LanguageAnother Round - (Winner)Dear Comrades!Les MiserablesMinariQuo Vadis, Aida?
EditingSound Of Metal, Mikkel E.G. Nielsen - (Winner)The Father, Yorgos LamprinosNomadland, Chloe ZhaoPromising Young Woman, Frederic ThoravalThe Trial Of The Chicago 7, Alan Baumgarten
Adapted ScreenplayThe Father, Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller - (Winner)The Dig, Moira BuffiniThe Mauritanian, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. TravenNomadland, Chloe ZhaoThe White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani
Animated FilmSoul - (Winner)OnwardWolfwalkers
Hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary, the second night of the BAFTAs awarded 17 prizes in total, with presenters joining from the Royal Albert Hall in London, where the physical awards are usually held annually, as well as Los Angeles. Variety reported that all nominees participated virtually. (ANI)