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Nomadland and Rocks lead nominations as BAFTA makes improvements on diversity

Written by on 09/03/2021

Nomadland and Rocks lead the way for this year’s BAFTA nominations, with their filmmakers among a record four women shortlisted in the best director category.

In the acting categories, following #BAFTAsSoWhite criticism over last year’s shortlists, several black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) stars have received nods, including British stars Riz Ahmed, Wunmi Mosaku and Daniel Kaluuya.

The shortlist for the big award, for best film, features The Father, The Mauritanian, Promising Young Woman and The Trial Of The Chicago 7, as well as Nomadland.

Nomadland director Chloe Zhao, pictured in 2018
Image: Nomadland filmmaker Chloe Zhao is one of four women up for the best director award
Rocks. Pic: Altitude
Image: British film Rocks is up for seven awards. Pic: Altitude

This year’s nominations come after BAFTA announced a major shake-up of its awards following criticism over a lack of diversity, pledging to try and “create a level playing field”.

Nomadland and Rocks both have seven nominations, while The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman each have six.

The nods for Rocks – a British coming-of-age film about a group of young women, which is also directed, written and produced by women – include leading actress for Bukky Bakray, supporting actress for Kosar Ali, outstanding British film and best director for Sarah Gavron.

Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a woman travelling in a van on a journey through the American West and has already won several gongs so far this awards season, is nominated in the best film category, with a leading actress nomination for McDormand and best director for Chloe Zhao.

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The other female directors nominated are Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth) and Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?), with Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) also in the running.

In the leading actress category, Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman), and Alfre Woodard (Clemency) are up against Bakray, McDormand and Mosaku.

As expected, there is a posthumous nomination for the late Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer in August, in the leading actor category, for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Other actors up for the award are Ahmed (Sound Of Metal), Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian).

 Sky News

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