BAFTAS 2021 | A Mixed Bag With A Few Surprises.
Carl checks out all the big winners and losers from the BAFTAS. Who will go on to Oscars glory?
Who were the biggest winners at the BAFTAS?
Awards season is drawing to a close now with only the Oscars remaining of the big ceremonies. The British Academy Awards (The BAFTA’S) have now been awarded. However, there were a few surprises thrown into the mix. At least two awards went to people who were not thought of being in the running.
By the looks of things though, it’s going to be a straight-up fight at the Oscars. The main prizes could go anywhere this year. ‘Nomadland‘, ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘, ‘Minari‘, and ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘ are the ones that seem to be on course for Oscar’s glory. But there shouldn’t be any major surprises. Unlike the BAFTAS which threw up a bit of a shock in the Best Leading Actor category.
AND THE WINNERS ARE
BEST FILM: Nomadland-this seems to be the pick of every awards ceremony this year.
BEST DIRECTOR-Chloe Zhao-Nomadland
LEADING ACTRESS-Francis McDormand-Nomadland
LEADING ACTOR-Anthony Hopkins-The Father (A shock here as everyone expected Chadwick Boseman to take the award)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS-Yuh-Jung Youn-Minari (Another shock as Maria Bakalova was nailed on to win the award)
SUPPORTING ACTOR-Daniel Kaluuya-Judas And The Black Messiah
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY-Emerald Fennell-Promising Young Woman
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY-Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton-The Father
ORIGINAL SCORE-Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross-Soul
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS-Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley-Tenet
ANIMATED FILM-Pete Docter, Dana Murray-Soul
DOCUMENTARY-My Octopus Teacher
EDITING-Sound Of Metal
COSTUME DESIGN-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
MAKE UP & HAIR-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
SOUND-Sound Of Metal
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE-Another Round
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION-The Owl And The Pussycat
BRITISH SHORT FILM-The Present
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM-Promising Young Woman
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER-Remi Weeks-His House
EE RISING STAR AWARD-Bukky Bakray
Films such as ‘Mank‘, ‘Promising Young Woman‘, ‘Tenet‘, ‘Sound Of Metal‘ and to a certain extent ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘ will be awarded at the Oscars in the more technical awards. But the main awards, except for Best Actor, will follow the pattern seen here. Best Actor SURELY has to go to Chadwick Boseman over Anthony Hopkins. I’m taking nothing away from Hopkins, who delivers a fine performance in ‘The Father‘. But Boseman, so tragically taken from us last year, gives the performance of his life in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘. He HAS to win the Oscar.
Francis McDormand is 100% guaranteed to take home Best Actress as is Daniel Kaluuya for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Judas And The Black Messiah‘. It’s Best Supporting Actress where the fight will be. Yuh-Jung Youn and Maria Bakalova are the pair who will be the front runners. The rest, you were good but can’t compete with these two this year. Until last night, I would have said Maria Bakalova was a shoo-in to take the award. Now, It’s up for grabs. It wouldn’t shock me if Yuh-Jung Youn now takes the statuette home with her. Hollywood rarely decides to award comedies and their performers with the biggest prize of all. And more’s the pity as Bakalova gives the better performance.
Best Director and Best Film are all over. Chloe Zhao and ‘Nomadland‘ have it all sewn up already. Chloe Zhao deserves the Oscar as her direction for the film is outstanding. Nobody else comes close to her this year. But as for Best Film? I’m on the fence. Although the film is worthy of awards, I think ‘Minari‘ was just that little bit better. But Hollywood will go with ‘Nomadland‘, of that I am sure.
The BAFTAS are now in line with the other major awards handed out. They used to be given to the British performers over the more deserving actors and actresses. Years ago, Hugh Grant won the Best Actor Bafta for ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral‘ over John Travolta in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ This was a travesty, one that Grant himself acknowledged in his acceptance speech, even apologizing to Travolta for it. But thankfully, the British Academy woke up and began to award the prizes on merit. We can consider this year’s awards as a marker for Hollywood’s big night in two weeks.
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Carl Roberts is the News Editor of The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!