2021 BAFTA Nominations announced

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The 74th BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) award nominations have been released nationwide, some online sources such as the BBC hailing the list for its diversity and inclusion this year.

Below is a list of the categories and nominations for 2021. The BAFTA’s will be broadcasted by the BBC in April, beginning on the weekend of the 10th. Below is a list of the categories and the nominees.

Best Film

  • The Father. Directed by Florian Zeller and starring Olivia Coleman this film tackles an ageing man who is losing his memory.
  • Promising Young Woman. The directorial debut from Emerald Fennel features Carey Mulligan as a women who seeks revenge for her best friend, a victim of sexual assault.
  • Nomadland. Chloe Zhao directed Frances McDormand as a woman in her sixties who goes on a journey through the American west as a modern day nomad.
  • The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Aaron Sorkin tells the story of the infamous defendants charged in conspiracy and inciting violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests.
  • The Mauritanian. Directed by Kevin McDonald this film follows a conspiracy regarding a suspected 9/11 terrorist.

Outstanding British Film

  • Calm With Horses. Nick Rowland directs an intense story of an ex-boxer turned enforcer for a drug dealing family who is also struggling to be a good father.
  • The Dig. Based on a novel by John Preston, this film features an all star cast and the story of a British widow who hires self-taught archaeologists to dig up mounds on her land, wherein they find dark age artefacts. Directed by Simon Stone.
  • The Father. This is the film’s second nomination.
  • His House. Remi Weeks directs a tale of refugees who escape their war-torn country to a sleepy English town with an evil underbelly.
  • Limbo. Omar is a musician awaiting asylum on a small Scottish island. Directed by Ben Sharrock.
  • The Mauritanian. This is the film’s second nomination.
  • Mogul Mowgli. A British Pakistani rapper is on the cusp of his first world tour when he is struck down with an illness. Directed by Bassam Tariq.
  • Promising Young Woman. This is the film’s second nomination.
  • Rocks. Directed by Sarah Gavron, Rocks follows the story of a young teenage girl who is struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.
  • Saint Maud. This film tells the story of a disturbed nurse who is obsessed with saving her dying patient’s soul. Directed by Rose Glass.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

  • His House. Remi Weeks (Writer/Director)
  • Limbo. Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director) and Irune Gurtubai (Producer).
  • Moffie. Moffie tells the story of a young man in 1981 South Africa who must go through the compulsory two years of military service hiding his sexuality. Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer).
  • Rocks. Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson (Writers).
  • Saint Maud. Rose Glass (Writer/Director) and Oliver Kassman (Producer).

Film not in the English language

  • Another Round. Four high school teachers test a theory that by maintaining a level of alcohol in their blood, their lives will improve. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
  • Dear Comrades! When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the workers in the small industrial town go on strike. Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy.
  • Les Misérables. Directed by Ladj Ly, this film follows the story of a cop who moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade.
  • Minari. (There is a lot of controversy about this film being included in this category, as most of the film is spent with the characters talking English). Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, the film tells the story of a Korean family searching for the American Dream on their farm in Arkansas.
  • Quo Vadis Aida? Based on true events, Jasmila Zbanic directs this film about Aida, a UN translator who’s small home town is taken over by the Serbian army and her family are among those seeking refugee in the UN camp.


  • Collective. Alexander Nanau follows a team of investigators as they try to uncover health-care fraud.
  • David Attenborough: A life on our Planet. David Attenborough recounts his life, travels and evolutionary history.
  • The Dissident. Bryan Fogel directs the story of a Washington Post journalist that disappeared in Istanbul.
  • My Octopus Teacher. A filmmaker makes an unusual friend – an octopus.
  • The Social Dilemma. This documentary explores the dangers of social media.

Animated Film

  • Onward. Two elven brothers set off on a journey to bring back their father for just one day. Directed by Dan Scanlon.
  • Soul. After landing his big break, a musician suddenly finds himself trapped on a strange realm between Earth and the Afterlife, where he is tasked with helping a young soul. Directed by Pete Docter.
  • Wolfwalkers. A young hunter and her father travel to Northern Ireland to eradicate the last wolf pack. But this changes when she meets a young native girl and her tribe that are rumoured to transform into wolves at night. Directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.


  • Thomas Vinterberg. Another Round.
  • Shannon Murphy. Babyteeth, a story of a young woman with cancer who falls in love with a drug addict.
  • Lee Isaac Chung. Minari.
  • Chloe Zhao. Nomadland.
  • Jasmila Zbanic. Quo Vadis Aida?
  • Sarah Gavron. Rocks.

Original Screenplay

  • Another Round. Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg.
  • Mank. Hollywood through the eyes of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Jack Fincher.
  • Promising Young Woman. Emerald Fennel.
  • Rocks. Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson.
  • The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Aaron Sorkin.

Adapted Screenplay

  • The Dig. Moira Buffini.
  • The Father. Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller.
  • The Mauritanian. Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani and M.B. Traven.
  • Nomadland. Chloe Zhao.
  • The White Tiger. An ambitious Indian driver uses his cunning to escape poverty. Ramin Bahrani.

Leading Actress

  • Bukky Bakray. Rocks.
  • Radha Blank. The Forty-Year-Old Version, a film about a down on her luck playwright.
  • Vanessa Kirby. Pieces of a Woman, a film about a home birth gone wrong and a young mother in mourning.
  • Frances McDormand. Nomadland.
  • Wunmi Mosaku. His House.

Leading Actor

  • Riz Ahmed. Sound of Metal, a film about a heavy metal drummer who is about to lose his hearing.
  • Chadwick Boseman. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film about tensions between Ma Rainey and her horn player.
  • Adarsh Gourav. The White Tiger.
  • Anthony Hopkins. The Father.
  • Mads Mikkelsen. Another Round.
  • Tahar Rahim. The Mauritanian.

Supporting Actress

  • Niamh Algar. Calm With Horses.
  • Kosar Ali. Rocks.
  • Maria Bakalova. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
  • Dominque Fishback. Judas and the Black Messiah, a film about an agent that infiltrates the Black Panther Party.
  • Ashley Madekwe. County Lines, a story about a young boy groomed into the county lines criminal network.
  • Yuh-Jung Youn. Minari.

Supporting Actor

  • Daniel Kaluuya. Judas and the Black Messiah.
  • Barry Keoghan. Calm With Horses.
  • Alan Kim. Minari.
  • Leslie Odom Jr. One Night in Miami, a film about icons such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X at a gathering discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Clarke Peters. Da 5 Bloods, a story about Vietnam war veterans who go back to find the body of their missing friend.
  • Paul Raci. The Sound of Metal.

Original Score

  • Mank. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
  • Minari. Emilie Mosseri.
  • News of the World. James Newton Howard. A film about a Civil War veteran who agrees to deliver a girl taken by the Kiowa people back to her aunt and uncle against her will.
  • Promising Young Woman. Anthony Willis.
  • Soul. Jon Bastiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.


  • Calm With Horses. Shaheen Baig.
  • Judas and the Black Messiah. Alexa L. Fogel.
  • Minari. Julia Kim.
  • Promising Young Woman. Lindsay Graham, Ahanonu and Mary Vernieu.
  • Rocks. Lucy Pardee.


  • Judas and the Black Messiah. Sean Bobbitt.
  • Mank. Erik Messerschmidt.
  • The Mauritanian. Alwin H. Kuchler.
  • News of the World. Dariusz Wolski.
  • Nomadland. Joshua James Richards.


  • The Father. Yorgos Lamprinos.
  • Nomadland. Chloe Zhao.
  • Promising Young Woman. Frederic Thoraval.
  • Sound of Metal. E.G. Nielson.
  • The Trial of the Chicago Seven. Alan Baumgarten.

Production Design

  • The Dig. Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald.
  • The Father. Peter Francis and Cathy Featherstone.
  • Mank. Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale.
  • News of the World. David Crank and Elizabeth Keenan.
  • Rebecca. A film about a woman who marries a widower and feels the presence of the previous Mrs de Winter. Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer.

Costume Design

  • Ammonite. A film about fossil hunter Mary Anning and her relationship with the young woman sent to convalesce by the sea. Michael O’Connor.
  • The Dig. Alice Babidge.
  • Emma. In 1800s England a well meaning but selfish young woman spends her time meddling in her friends lives. Alexandra Byrne.
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Ann Roth.
  • Mank. Trish Summerville.

Make-Up and Hair

  • The Dig. Jenny Shircore.
  • Hillbilly Elegy. A student from Yale rushes back to Ohio after receiving an urgent phone call. Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Matthew Mungle.
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera and Mia Neal.
  • Mank. Kimberley Spiteri and Gigi Williams.
  • Pinocchio. Mark Coulier. A re-telling of a classic tale.


  • Greyhound. Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw and David Wyman. A film about an US Navy commander being stalked by a German submarine.
  • News of the World. Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett and Oliver Tarney.
  • Nomadland. Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers and M. Wolf Snyder.
  • Soul. Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce and David Parker.
  • Sound of Metal. Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés and Michelle Couttolenc.

Special Visual Effects

  • Greyhound. Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness and Sebastian von Overheidt.
  • The Midnight Sky. Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence and David Watkins. A scientist in a post apocalyptic world tries to stop astronauts returning home to a strange worldwide catastrophe.
  • Mulan. Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands and Seth Maury. A live action re-make of the Disney classic.
  • The one and only Ivan. Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher and Ben Jones. A film about a gorilla named Ivan who tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Ruby.
  • Tenet. Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson and Andrew Lockley. Tenet is a film about a protagonist fighting his way through international espionage and time.

British Short Animation

  • The Fire Next Time. Social inequality sparks riots in a struggling community and the environment starts to close in.
  • The Owl and the Pussycat. Based on a non-sensical poem by Edward Lear.
  • The Song of a Lost Boy. A young boy tries to work out who he really is.

British Short Film

  • Eyelash. A young woman needs to be careful about what she wishes for.
  • Lizard. An eight-year-old girl with the ability to sense danger is kicked out of Sunday school.
  • Lucky Break. A suspicious stranger arrives at a gas station and mystifies the bored employee.
  • Miss Curvy. A schoolteacher enters the first ever plus-sized beauty pageant in Uganda.
  • The Present. A man and his daughter set off on his wedding anniversary to find a gift for his wife but all is not so easy when they have to pass through checkpoints and soldiers.

Featured image credit: BAFTA

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