Chloe Zhao has become the second female moviemaker in 12 years to win the Best Director gong at the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).
In addition, McDormand was named Best Leading Actress as Nomadland was also celebrated for its cinematography.
Zhao became the first female to win the best director title at the event since Kathryn Bigelow who took home the prize in 2009 for war drama The Hurt Locker. She was one of four female directors nominated at the 2021 awards.
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Supporting honors went to Daniel Kaluuya, for Judas and the Black Messiah, and 73-year-old Minari star Yuh-jung Youn, who expressed her delight that the typically “snobbish” Brits had given her work the seal of approval.
The full list of BAFTAs 2021 winners
Best Film: “Nomadland”
Outstanding British Film: “Promising Young Woman”
Best Director: Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland”
Best Leading Actor: Sir Anthony Hopkins – “The Father”
Best Leading Actress: Frances McDormand – “Nomadland”
Best Supporting Actress: Yuh-Jung Youn – “Minari”
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas and the Black Messiah”
EE Rising Star Award: Bukky Bakray”
Best Original Screenplay: Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller – “The Father”
Best Casting: Lucy Pardee – “Rocks”
Animated Film: “Soul”
Best Original Score: Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – “Soul”
Best Documentary: “My Octopus Teacher”
Best Film Not in the English Language: “Another Round”
Best Cinematography: Joshua James Richards – “Nomadland”
Best Editing: Mikkel E.G. Nielsen – “Sound of Metal”
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Remi Weekes – “His House”
BAFTA Fellowship: Ang Lee
Lucky for us, this was one of the most recent award shows to feature a full-fledged red carpet. Launch the gallery above to see photos of Hugh Grant, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha Raw, David Oyelowo, Priyanka Copra, Nick Jonas, Cynthia Erivo, Phoebe Dynevor, and Pedro Pascal.
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