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A look at the BAFTA winning films and performances

U.S. recession drama “Nomadland”, about a community of van dwellers, was the big winner at Britain’s BAFTA awards on Sunday (April 11), scooping best film and prizes for its Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao and leading actress Frances McDormand.

“Nomadland”, which has already picked up prizes this awards season, stars 63-year-old McDormand as a widow, who in the wake of the U.S. economic recession, turns her van into a mobile home and sets out on the road, taking on seasonal jobs along the way. The film also won for cinematography.

Outstanding British film went to #MeToo revenge movie “Promising Young Woman”, which also won original screenplay.

Danish drinking drama “Another Round”, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen, picked up the “film not in the English language” award. 

Film veteran Anthony Hopkins won the leading actor category for portraying a man with dementia in “The Father”.

Youn Yuh-jung won supporting actress for “Minari”, in which she plays a grandmother who travels from South Korea to the United States to look after her grandchildren.

Daniel Kaluuya, who has swept this awards season for his portrayal of late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”, won supporting actor. 

“Soul”, a hit Pixar movie about a Black music teacher, won the best animation award. 

The outstanding debut prize was awarded to Remi Weekes for “His House”.

This year’s BAFTA ceremony was held virtually over two nights with Saturday’s (April 10) opening show mainly looking at the crafts side in film-making and handing out nine awards.

“Ma Rainey”, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, won for costume design and make up & hair.

Other prizes went to coming-of-age story “Rocks” for casting, thriller “Tenet” for special visual effects and “Sound of Metal” won in the sound category, about a drummer going deaf.

Production design went to Hollywood throwback “Mank”.

Below are the main winners of Britain’s top film honours.

BEST FILM:

“Nomadland”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM:

“Promising Young Woman”

DIRECTOR:

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

LEADING ACTOR:

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”

LEADING ACTRESS:

Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Youn Yuh-jung, “Minari”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

“Promising Young Woman”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

“The Father”

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

“Another Round”

EE RISING STAR AWARD:

Bukky Bakray 

(Production: Hanna Rantala)

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