BAFTA Film Awards 2021: List of winners as Nomadland and Promising Young Woman take top honours

Video report by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar

Nomadland director Chloe Zhao made history in the BAFTA film awards, as Promising Young Woman also made a big win.

Zhao, who was born in China, became the second woman and first woman of colour to win the best director prize.

Her movie Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a woman living in her van as she travels across the American West, was also given the best film award.

McDormand won the award for best leading actress but did not appear via Zoom to accept the prize. Nomadland also won an award for cinematography.

Chloe Zhao after winning the director award for Nomadland Credit: Bafta/PA

The first female winner for the best director award was Kathryn Bigelow, who took the gong in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.

Revenge drama Promising Young Woman was named outstanding British film and took home a second prize for best original screenplay.

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The movie, directed by The Crown actress Emerald Fennell, stars Carey Mulligan as woman a left traumatised by tragedy.

The BAFTA ceremony was delayed by two months and was largely virtual this year. Only the hosts and the presenters were at the Royal Albert Hall.

Hosts Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman opened the ceremony by paying tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on Friday. The duke was the first president of BAFTA.

Prince William, the current president of BAFTA, had been due to deliver a speech to celebrate the resilience of the film industry during the pandemic. But he withdrew following the death of his grandfather.

Daniel Kaluuya won the supporting actor prize Credit: Bafta/PA

Sir Anthony Hopkins won the best actor prize for his performance as a man slipping into dementia in The Father, defeating the late Chadwick Boseman, who was nominated for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for Judas And The Black Messiah, in which he plays Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn, who won the supporting actress prize for her role in Minari, said she was honoured to be recognised by the Brits as they are known as “very snobbish people”. She was awarded for her portrayal as an eccentric grandmother in the family drama.

Here is a list of the winners for BAFTA 2021:

  • Film — “Nomadland”

  • British Film — “Promising Young Woman”

  • Director — Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

  • Actor — Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

  • Actress — Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

  • Supporting Actor — Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

  • Supporting Actress — Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”

  • Rising Star — Bukky Bakray

  • British Debut — Director Remi Weekes, “His House”

  • Original Screenplay — “Promising Young Woman”

  • Adapted Screenplay — “The Father”

  • Film Not in the English Language — “Another Round”