BAFTA Awards: “Nomadland” as a big favorite in the race today

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At the British Film Awards known as Baftas in London on Sunday, four women can hope for the best director award for the first time. The best chances are given to the Chinese director Chloé Zhao. Zhao’s road movie “Nomadland” received a total of six nominations, including in the “Best Film” category, and is one of the favorites of the evening.

“The Father”, “Mank”, “Minari” and “Promising Young Woman” are also nominated for six Baftas each. With seven nominations, including for best debut and best British film, the coming-of-age drama “Rocks” by director Sarah Gavron is in the running.

The “Outstanding British Film” category was expanded to ten competitors this year. After the Baftas had been criticized for a lack of diversity and too few nominations last year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts changed the selection process, according to its chairman Krishnendu Majumdar.

Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces Of A Woman”), Bukky Bakray (“Rocks”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency”), Wunmi Mosaku (“His House”) are competing for the trophy for the best actress. ) and Radha Blank (“My 40-year-old self”). The best male leading actors are Riz Ahmed (“Sound Of Metal”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Adarsh ​​Gourav (“The White Tiger”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Der Rausch”), Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) ) and Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), who died in 2020, were nominated.

The award ceremony will be shown on British television from 8 p.m. (CEST), but will be recorded in the afternoon at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The winners will remain secret until they are broadcast on TV. Prince William, who has been President of the Academy since 2010, will not give a speech for the first time. Following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip on Friday, members of the royal family will not have any official duties until the funeral.


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