Nomadland dominates the Covid-delayed BAFTAs

Nomadland – a film about a woman travelling around the US after the financial crash – has dominated the BAFTAs, at a Covid-delayed, pandemic-infused ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Frances McDormand won one of Nomadland’s 4 BAFTAs

As well as being named the Best Film, Frances McDormand won the Best Actress prize and Chloé Zhao became only the second woman, after Kathryn Bigelow, to win BAFTA’s Best Director award. The film also picked up the Best Cinematography award.

The Best Actor BAFTA went to Sir Anthony Hopkins, for his portrayal of an elderly man with dementia, in The Father, which also won the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.

Both of the supporting acting awards went to non-white actors, with Daniel Kaluuya being honoured for his portrayal of  the Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah, while Yuh-Jung Youn was recognised for her role in Minari. In her acceptance speech, like all the others, made virtually, she said, “Every award is meaningful, but this one especially recognised by British people, known as very snobbish people, and they approved me as a good actor so I’m very, very privileged.”

Promising Young Woman won 2 BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film

There were two awards for Promising Young Woman, which was named the Outstanding British Film, as well as picking up the Best Original Screenplay prize.

Another film to pick up two awards on the night was Disney’s Soul, which was named the Best Animated Film, as well as winning the Best Score prize.

Other awards on the second night of prize giving saw Another Round named the Best Film not in the English Language, while Remi Weekes took the outstanding British debut prize for writing and directing His House.

Like yesterday’s smaller ceremony, when more behind-the-scenes categories and short films were honoured, the event began with a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was the first president of BAFTA, when it was formed by the merging of separate film and TV organisations.

Here is the full list of winners from both nights of BAFTA’s Film Awards:

Best film

  • Winner: Nomadland

Outstanding British film

  • Winner: Promising Young Woman

Leading actress

  • Winner: Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Leading actor

  • Winner: Sir Anthony Hopkins – The Father

Supporting actress

  • Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Supporting actor

  • Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah


  • Winner: Nomadland – Chloé Zhao

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Winner: Bukky Bakray

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Winner: His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director)

Film not in the English language

  • Winner: Another Round


  • Winner: My Octopus Teacher

Animated film

  • Winner: Soul

Original screenplay

  • Winner: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Adapted screenplay

  • Winner: The Father – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

Original score

  • Winner: Soul – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross


  • Winner: Nomadland – Joshua James Richard

Costume design

  • Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Ann Roth


  • Winner: Sound of Metal – Mikkel EG Nielsen

Production design

  • Winner: Mank – Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

Make-up and hair

  • Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Matiki Anoff, Larry M Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal


  • Winner: Sound of Metal – Jamie Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortes, Michelle Couttolenc

Special visual effects

  • Winner: Tenet – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley


  • Winner: Rocks – Lucy Pardee

British short film

  • Winner: The Present

British short animation

  • Winner: The Owl and the Pussycat

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

  • Noel Clarke

Bafta Fellowship

  • Ang Lee