Nomadland and Promising Young Woman lead BAFTA winners pack, Liam Payne makes AR debut

Nomadland cleaned house at the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards, winning four BAFTAs for Best Film, Director for Chloé Zhao, Leading Actress for Frances McDormand, and Cinematography for Joshua James Richards. The movie is now a hot favourite at the upcoming Academy Awards.

An outside bet though for Oscar gold could be Promising Young Woman, which won two BAFTA awards: Outstanding British Film, and Original Screenplay for Emerald Fennell.

The Father won Leading Actor for Anthony Hopkins, and Adapted Screenplay for Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller.

Supporting Actor and Actress gongs went to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah and Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari, respectively.

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to filmmaker Noel Clarke. The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was introduced by Hugh Grant and presented to director Ang Lee.

Soul won Animated Film and Original Score. Another Round won Film Not in the English Language.

Tenet won Special Visual Effects, while Mank won Production Design. Editing and Sound awards went to Sound of Metal, while Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

Writer/director Remi Weekes received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for His House.

My Octopus Teacher won Documentary, Rocks won Casting.

The Present won the British Short Film award, while the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by The Owl and the Pussycat.

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to cinema was presented to filmmaker Noel Clarke…

The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, went to Bukky Bakray. James McAvoy, winner of the first ever BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2006, presented this year’s EE Rising Star Award on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the virtual audience.

Official EE host Clara Amfo and Celeste

Where can I watch the BAFTA 2021 winners?

Chloé Zhao’s Nomaland will go straight to streaming in the UK, landing on Disney+ April 30. Promising Young Woman, a Sky Original film, is available on Sky Cinema and streaming service NOW from 16 April.

Best Animated Film Soul is available on Disney+. Sound of Metal is available on Amazon prime Video. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, His House and My Octopus Teacher are available on Netflix.

For the first time, the event ran over two nights. The Opening Night ceremony was hosted Clara Amfo, who was joined by guests Rhianna Dhillon and Joanna Scanlan at the Royal Albert Hall.  

Sunday’s ceremony, hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall with nominees attending virtually. The show included musical performances by Liam Payne, Celeste, and Leslie Odom Jr. from Los Angeles and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Liam Payne appears as a (very small) AR performer

In a pre-show made for mobile, Liam Payne unveiled a real-time Augmented Reality (AR) avatar, powered by sponsor EE’s 5G network.

In the AR studio, Liam wore a motion-capture suit, which featured over 50 sensors, with his movement and audio data captured with 36 cameras. The performance was transmitted for fans via The Round AR app.

Liam Payne said: “Performing live via my own avatar in thousands of peoples’ homes, gardens and parks across the country, blows my mind! On top of that, opening this year’s EE BAFTA Film Awards – it just feels incredible. I’m really excited by the things you can do in tech right now and I can’t wait to see what we can do next”.

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