The nominations for the 2021 BAFTAs (British Academy Film Award) have been announced. 258 films were submitted for this year’s awards, among which two films stand out, Nomadland and Rocks.
These two films have 7 nominations each, including the Outstanding British Film for Rocks, next to notably Calm With Horses and The Father.
The latter is alongside Nomadland in the Best Film category with The Mauritanian, Promising Young Women and The Trial of The Chicago 7.
Four films received six nominations: The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman. The Dig and The Mauritanian received five nominations each.
In addition, for the first time at BAFTA, four women were nominated in the director category: Sarah Gavron, Chloe Zhao, Jasmila Žbanić and Shannon Murphy.
Indeed, this year the nominations are much more diversified. A year ago, the BAFTA suffered a setback due to the lack of diversity of its nominees. The association made major changes after seven months of review, including the introduction of a long-list system to increase the audience for all films submitted, and increasing four acting categories and the category of best director to six nominees.
This is why, in addition to having women nominated in the director category, 16 of the 24 actors nominated are from under-represented groups.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 11, in a virtual ceremony broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.
See the full list of nominees here.