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‘Nomadland’ sweeps BAFTA

London: Chloe Zhao's drama "Nomadland" emerged as the top winner at the BAFTA Film Awards 2021 by bagging four major awards, i...

Chloe Zhao's drama "Nomadland" emerged as the top winner at the BAFTA Film Awards 2021 by bagging four major awards, including best film. The film's lead star Frances McDormand picked up the trophy for best actress while the best director award went to Zhao. The film was a winner in the cinematography category as well. "Nomadland" is one of the frontrunners for this month's Oscar awards, with six nominations including best picture, best director and best actress. Last month it won the Golden Globe awards for best drama film and best director.

The socially distanced ceremony was held at London's Royal Albert Hall with awards presented on stage to an empty auditorium. Actors who presented awards on stage includedg Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston and "Bridgerton" star Phoebe Dynevor. Hollywood star Renee Zellweger made a virtual appearance from Los Angeles to present the leading actor award. The ceremony was held over two days for the first time, with the technical awards being presented on Saturday.

Emerald Fennell's #MeToo drama "Promising Young Woman" bagged the outstanding British film award with Fennel also winning in the screenplay category. The thriller is about a woman who avenges a friend's rape by pretending to be drunk in bars and then turning the tables on men who prey on her. The film has been nominated for Oscars for best director and best original screenplay, while Mulligan is nominated for best actress.

The outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer went to Remi Weeks' "His House". Thomas Vinterberg's "Another Round" was the best film not in the English language. "My Octopus Teacher", a moving story about the bond shared between a diver and an octopus, won the BAFTA in the documentary category.The animated film BAFTA went to Pete Docter-Danna Murray's "Soul". The movie won a second award in the original score category.

The Anthony Hopkins starrer "The Father" won the best actor award for the veteran Welsh star. Aadarsh Gourav was also nominated in the same category for his role in "The White Tiger".  "The Father" also won the adapted screenplay BAFTA.

South Korea's veteran star Yuh-Jung Youn won the supporting actress award for her role as the maternal grandmother in "Minari", while Daniel Kaluuya was the winner in the supporting actor category for his role as the fiery Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.

The Riz Ahmed-starrer "Sound of Metal” bagged two BAFTA awards in the editing and sound categories. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", starring the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis about a blues musician in 1920s Chicago, took home two technical BAFTAs for costume design and make-up and hair.

David Fincher's period drama about the screenwriter of "Citizen Kane" won an award in the production design category, while Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" won in the special visual effects category. British short animation BAFTA went to "The Owl and the Pussycat" and the British short film award went to "The Present".

The winning actors and filmmakers in dinner jackets and evening dresses accepted awards on video calls from their living rooms and hotels, some with family members in the background. (Agencies)

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