The BAFTA 2021 nominations for the 74th annual British Academy Film Awards was announced by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on March 9. Originally scheduled to take place on February 14, the event will now be held on April 11 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
At the time of announcing their postponement of the 74th BAFTA awards, BAFTA said:
“This change from the previously announced date of February 14 acknowledges the impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended eligibility period. Further details on the ceremony will be announced later in the year. The date for the 2022 Film Awards, announced last year as 13 February, is currently under consideration as part of the Awards Review, and any changes will be published once the review has been completed, alongside other findings and recommendations.”
The BAFTAs were the first major awards ceremony to postpone this year’s event following the Oscars’ announcement of pushing back their ceremony to take place at the end of April. Unlike previous award shows that took place amid the pandemic, the BAFTAs will be held in an actual venue, but without a live audience.
The BAFTAs also followed the Academy’s footsteps last year when they announced they would be joining the Oscars in implementing “representation and inclusion standards” for their future ceremonies. In 2018, BAFTA was the first film awards organization to have a diversity criteria for their nominations. They would use British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards to determine the eligibility for their Best British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer categories.
Despite this, the awards ceremony came under major criticism last year for failing to include actors of color in their major acting categories (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor) as well as for the lack of female nominees under BAFTA’s Best Director Award. Following the controversy, Marc Samuelson, Committee Chair for BAFTA, admitted there to be an “infuriating lack of diversity in the acting noms.” As such, the organization refined their voting process for 2021 to ensure the nomination list would be more inclusive.
Last September, after a seven–month review following the controversy, BAFTA announced that around 120 “wide–ranging changes” were being made to address the lack of representation in their awards, which included changes to their membership and voting process.
The updated process seems to have been in full effect for determining this year’s nominees, as the 2021 BAFTA nominations sees a notably diverse list of nominees. “Nomadland” and “Rocks” lead this year’s awards with the most nominations (seven each), while “Mank,” “Promising Young Woman,” “The Father,” and “Minari” each received six nominations.
Out of the 24 nominees in this year’s acting categories for the BAFTAs, more than half come from ethnic minority backgrounds, including Bukky Bakray for “Rocks” and Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
No women were nominated for last year’s BAFTA Best Director Award. This year, four women were nominated, including Chloe Zhao for her film “Nomadland.” Zhao recently made history at this year’s Golden Globes by becoming the first Asian woman and second woman ever to take home the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for “Nomadland.”
Breakout star Adarash Gourav managed to bag his first ever nod for the “Best Leading Actor” category for his debut role in “The White Tiger.” The film, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, was also nominated for “Best Adapted Screenplay.” Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who co–starred with Gourav and served as executive producer on the project, took to Twitter to congratulate both Gourav and Bahrani for the nominations.
Gourav also expressed his gratitude for the nomination on his Instagram, saying, “Holy s*** it’s really happening!”
See the full list of BAFTA 2021 nominations below.
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Outstanding British Film
“Calm With Horses”
“Promising Young Woman”
Best Film not in English Language
Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen – “Another Round”
Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov – “Dear Comrades!”
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