BAFTA 2021: Priyanka Chopra and Hugh Grant lead stars presenting show

Priyanka Chopra, Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant will lead the stars presenting the BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021’s first ever virtual show on Sunday.

Details of the event, which will be recorded at the Royal Albert Hall but will not have a red carpet to adhere to coronavirus restrictions, were announced by BAFTA on Thursday, ahead of the ceremony on Saturday and Sunday. 

As well as the actress, 38, and actor, 60, other presenters include Phoebe Dynevor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Pedro Pascal and Jonathan Pryce.

Exciting: Priyanka Chopra (pictured in February 2020) and Hugh Grant will lead the stars set to present at the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards first ever virtual show, it was announced on Thursday

Exciting: Priyanka Chopra (pictured in February 2020) and Hugh Grant will lead the stars set to present at the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards first ever virtual show, it was announced on Thursday

That’s not all, though, as A-list stars like Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée will tune in from Los Angeles to present the show.

There will also be a number of musical guests at the ceremony, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time across mobile handsets across the UK on Sunday.

According to the ceremony, the performance will give fans their first experience of the former One Direction star’s AR Avatar which will be broadcast via EE’s 5G network as a hologram on Sunday night.

Liam will not be alone, as Celeste will sing her nominated track Hear My Voice, while Leslie Odom Jr. will duet with Corinne Bailey Rae for the song A Change is Gonna Come from his film One Night In Miami. 

Stars: Alongside the actress and actor (pictured in 2020) other presenters include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones

Stars: Alongside the actress and actor (pictured in 2020) other presenters include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones

Appearance: That's not all, though, as A-list stars like Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger (pictured last year) will tune in from Los Angeles to present the show

Appearance: That’s not all, though, as A-list stars like Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger (pictured last year) will tune in from Los Angeles to present the show

by BAFTA President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge Prince William will also be making an appearance at the event on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy’s film ceremonies to be held virtually.

The TV version of the awards show took place online during summer 2020, but last year’s film ceremony managed to go ahead a month before the Covid pandemic forced the UK into lockdown.

With the pandemic still raging, another change will take place this year: the BAFTAs will happen in two parts.

Taking part: Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor (pictured on the show) will also take part as a presenter at the Royal Albert Hall

Taking part: Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor (pictured on the show) will also take part as a presenter at the Royal Albert Hall

Star-studded: There will also be a number of musical guests, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time on Sunday

Star-studded: There will also be a number of musical guests, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time on Sunday

Both shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards.

Show one will be hosted by Clara Amfo alongside a guest panel including Rhianna Dhillon and Joanna Scanlan, and eight of the 17 gongs will be awarded.

Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman from London’s Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present.

Both programmes are being broadcast in all major territories around the world and a total of 50 feature films received nominations this year.

Presenters will appear during the ceremony from both London and Los Angeles, but all nominees will accept their prizes virtually in front of a virtual audience watching from home.

Among the prizes announced on the second night will be the public-voted EE Rising Star Award and the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest honour.  

BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards’ 74-year history. 

Changes: The event is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually with two shows, the first will be hosted by Clara Amfo (pictured)

Changes: The event is the first of the Academy’s film ceremonies to be held virtually with two shows, the first will be hosted by Clara Amfo (pictured)

In a first for BAFTA, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.

As part of BAFTA’s pledge to support fresh talent, four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories, with first-time nominees accounting for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories.

British talent is rife in 2021, with the Outstanding British Film category increasing from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film.

Presenting gig: Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman from London's Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present

Presenting gig: Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman from London’s Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present

Of the difficult times the awards and creative industries have had during the past 12 months – which saw a total shut-down of TV and film production across the world – BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: ‘The last year has seen the Covid-19 pandemic impact everyone, and the film industry is no exception.

‘I would like to thank all those who have supported us and enabled BAFTA to continue to celebrate the very best work in film, from our members who embraced the changes we made to the voting process to the distributors for ensuring that many more films were available for online viewing. 

Powerful: This year's BAFTA nominations have seen Nomadland (pictured) and Rocks lead the way with seven nods each

Nice! Rocks joined Nomadland in the frontrunning for the gongs

Powerful: This year’s BAFTA nominations have seen Nomadland and Rocks lead the way with seven nods each

An honour: Late star Chadwick Boseman received a Best Actor nod for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He passed away on August 28 2020 following a lengthy battle with colon cancer

An honour: Late star Chadwick Boseman received a Best Actor nod for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He passed away on August 28 2020 following a lengthy battle with colon cancer

‘Film has always held an essential place in our culture but I think we can all agree that it has been even more important during this time. 

‘I very much look forward to celebrating the incredible talent of all our nominees.’

In the past year, BAFTA undertook a wide-ranging Review, signalling the beginning of a significant cultural shift within the organisation.

The changes introduced for the Film Awards are the first phase in an ongoing process of levelling the playing field for all entered films. 

Nominated: Rocks star Bukky Bakray was nominated in the lead actress category alongside Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Radha Blank, Wunmi Mosaku ande Alfre Woodard

Nominated: Rocks star Bukky Bakray was nominated in the lead actress category alongside Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, Radha Blank, Wunmi Mosaku ande Alfre Woodard

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, said of this: ‘This year’s nominations showcase and celebrate the remarkable range of performances and nominees behind the camera from 50 films and we’re delighted to recognise such high-quality work.

‘We are also delighted to see the strength of British film shine through in all categories.

‘After last year’s nominations, we started the BAFTA Review process with the intention of levelling the playing field and introduced​ a range of measures to ensure that all entered films were seen by our members and judged on merit.

Up next! Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen and Anthony Hopkins are also going against Chadwick for Best Actor

In the running: Mads is nominated for his role in Another Round

Up next! Riz Ahmed (L), Mads Mikkelsen (R) and Anthony Hopkins are also going against Chadwick for Best Actor

‘We hope today you can see some of those changes reflected in the breadth and depth of those nominated and we congratulate all our nominees.’

Marc Samuelson, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said: ‘It has been an extremely tough year for everyone, including for cinemas and for the film industry, so we are looking forward to some fun, and a celebration of great talent across the weekend. 

‘The industry and film lovers are coming together to shine a spotlight on the creativity and craft behind the 50 nominated films, and to recognise and celebrate the efforts of the industry to keep going during this particularly challenging time.’ 

BAFTA 2021 NOMINATIONS

LEADING ACTRESS 

BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks

RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version

VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland

WUNMI MOSAKU His House

ALFRE WOODARD Clemency  

LEADING ACTOR 

RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal

CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ADARSH GOURAV The White Tiger

ANTHONY HOPKINS The Father

MADS MIKKELSEN Another Round

TAHAR RAHIM The Mauritanian

BEST FILM 

THE FATHER Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt

THE MAURITANIAN TBC

NOMADLAND Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Stuart Besser, Marc Platt

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)

LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]

MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen

DEAR COMRADES! Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov

LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Ly

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich

DIRECTOR 

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg

BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić

ROCKS Sarah Gavron

 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani

CASTING 

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel

MINARI Julia Kim

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu

ROCKS Lucy Pardee

EDITING 

THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten

COSTUME DESIGN

AMMONITE Michael O’Connor

THE DIG Alice Babidge

EMMA. Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth

MANK Trish Summerville

SOUND

GREYHOUND TBC

NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney

NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder

SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker

SOUND OF METAL Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc

 

 

 

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

NIAMH ALGAR Calm With Horses

KOSAR ALI Rocks

MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah

ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines

YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah

BARRY KEOGHAN Calm With Horses

ALAN KIM Minari

LESLIE ODOM JR. One Night in Miami…

CLARKE PETERS Da 5 Bloods

PAUL RACI Sound of Metal

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 

CALM WITH HORSES Nick Rowland, Daniel Emmerson, Joe Murtagh

THE DIG Simon Stone, Gabrielle Tana, Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Florian Zeller, Philippe Carcassone, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christopher Hampton

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes, Martin Gentles, Edward Kings, Roy Lee

LIMBO Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont

THE MAURITANIAN Kevin Macdonald, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

MOGUL MOWGLI Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara

ROCKS Sarah Gavron, Ameenah Ayub Allen, Faye Ward, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass, Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman

DOCUMENTARY 

COLLECTIVE Alexander Nanau

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey

THE DISSIDENT Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray

WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young

 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

MANK Jack Fincher

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin

ORIGINAL SCORE 

MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

MINARI Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis

SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt

MANK Erik Messerschmidt

THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler

NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone

MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan

REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

MAKE UP & HAIR

THE DIG Jenny Shircore

HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal

MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams

PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt

THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David Watkins

MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher

TENET Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley    

 

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