The BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Actress and Director went to The Land of Nomads. In director Chloé Zhao’s film, American Frances McDormand plays in her sixties, who travels across America in a van.
Zhao, originally from Beijing, also won the American Film Directors’ Association (DGA) award for best feature film on Saturday night.
The drama The Land of Nomads is partly a fiction about a community of senior caravan travelers across America. Zhao said that thanks to the film, perhaps some people in the world could feel less alone and abandoned. The film also won a Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama this year.
“The way we treat our old people says a lot about who we are as a society, and we need to do better,” said Chloé Zhao. After Kathryn Bigelow in 2010, she became only the second woman to receive this award for best director. Her Land of Nomads is also a favorite of this year’s American Oscars.
French director Florian Zeller’s film The Father received the award for best actor and the award for best adapted screenplay.
The award for best animated film and best music went to Pixar Soul.
The best non-English-language film was the satire Booze by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg.
According to the jury, the best original screenplay was the black comedy Promising Young Woman, which also won the award for the best British film.
This year’s British BAFTA Film Awards ceremony moved two months from the traditional February date due to the covidu-19 pandemic and took place virtually. He canceled his planned entry into the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall due to state mourning after Friday’s death of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. Prince Philip his grandson Prince William. The transmission began in honor of Prince Philip, who in 1959 became the first president of the academy.
The winners of individual categories went to the stage to announce personalities such as actor Hugh Grant or actress and singer Prijanka Čoprová Jonasová. However, the laureates did not come to receive them in person and no audience applauded them in the auditorium.
Any film that has been shown in British cinemas in a given year can apply for the BAFTA Awards. Like the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards are seen as a harbinger of the Oscars, which will be presented in two weeks.
Last year’s British Film Awards were marked by criticism that only white people were nominated in the acting category and that there was a lack of women in the category for best direction. BAFTA thus faced pressure to make this year’s selection more varied. More than half of this year’s 24 candidates were not white.