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Chloé Zhao Dominates BAFTA Awards 2021 With Nomadland Picking Four Trophies

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BAFTA 2021 Winners: Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland and Sarah Gavron’s Rocks were among the winners walking away with numerous trophies at the 74th British Academy for Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night.

Nomadland led among films with four wins

The US road movie Nomadland dominated at the BAFTA Film Awards, picking up four prizes, including best film. It also bagged best actress, cinematography and best director awards. Chinese director Chloe Zhao tis now only the second woman to pick up the award in the Best Director category. She hailed stronger representation for women film-makers saying, “It’s about time, it’s great. I love doing what I do and if this means more people like me get to live their dreams, I’m very grateful”.

Director Emerald Fennell’s film Promising Young Woman took home original screenplay and outstanding British film. Fennell’s film is a rape-revenge comedy-drama, starring Carey Mulligan. Fennel expressed her thanks to cast and crew for their contribution to “a labour of love; everyone did it pretty much for a packet of crisps”.

Korean actor Youn Yuh-jung won the Supporting Actress award for her role as Soonja in Minari. Accepting the award remotely, the 83-year-old actor offered her condolences to Britain for the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, further saying, “Thank you so much for this award. Every award is meaningful, but this one, especially [to be] recognized by British people, known as very snobbish people, and they approve me as a good actor. So I’m very, very privileged and happy.” She even called Brits out as “very snobbish people” during a BAFTA acceptance speech.

 

Rocks, the coming-of-age drama film by Sarah Gavron, won in the category of Best Casting and its lead Bukky Bakray has won this year’s EE Rising Star Award, following in the footsteps of the likes of James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Kristen Stewart.

On Saturday, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Violet Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, took home two awards in the category of Costume Design and Make-up & Hair on the opening night.

British-Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short film The Present won the award for Best Short Film. “For anyone who has seen The Present … you would know why I dedicate this award to the people of Palestine for whom freedom and equality is long, long overdue …” Nabulsi said about her directorial debut and Oscar-nominated film.Nabulsi later tweeted, “Absolutely blown away!!! A BAFTA!!!”

Meanwhile, The White Tiger actor Adarsh Gourav, who was nominated in the Best Actor category lost to Sir Anthony Hopkins for his performance in The Father, recently opened up to PTI in an interview, “It really depends on the director you are working with and in Ramin’s case, he did not want us to see the playback so everything that happened has been surprising and overwhelming for me. The BAFTA nomination is really overwhelming. It feels like I’m reading a chapter from a book.” The film also stars Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was presenting an award at the prestigious ceremony. She has co-produced and acted in the film.

See photos of Priyanka Chopra’s red carpet look from BAFTA 2021 on Sunday:

Feature Image Credit: The Hindu

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