The Bafta awards British cinema will experience its most diverse and multiracial edition this Sundayl, with four directors opting for the best direction and with sixteen of the twenty-four interpreters selected from ethnic minorities, in a virtual context motivated by the pandemic.
The gala, what one more edition will be held at the Royal Albert Hall from the British capital, there will be neither the traditional red carpet nor the public in the stands, just the year that the 150th anniversary of the venue is commemorated.
The 74th installment of the Bafta, the first in the context of a pandemic, after the 2020 one took place in February, before the spread of the virus, will be the most diverse and multiracial of all. in response to criticism led by Joaquin Phoenix, star of ‘Joker’. “We send a very clear message to people of color. They are not welcome here. That is the message that we are sending to people who have contributed a lot to our environment, to our industry, in ways that we have benefited,” said Phoenix. during the best actor winner speech.
The British Academy of Television and Motion Picture Arts (BAFTA) has responded by placing as the most nominated films for ‘Nomadland’, by Chloe Zhao, and ‘Rocks’, by Sarah Gravon. The first film tells the story of a nomadic woman in today’s United States and recounts the economic problems of the aging population, while the second focuses on the survival of a girl and her brother in an impoverished London neighborhood. Both command the nominations with seven each.
‘The father’, ‘Mank’, ‘Minari’ and ‘A promising young woman’ follow them with six nominations, while ‘The Dig’ and ‘The Mauritanian’ have five.
Zhao, with ‘Nomadland’, has already become the second woman to win the Golden Globe to the best direction and the first Asian to do so, and in London she will seek to continue adding ballots in her career for the Oscar.
For the first time in the history of the awards, considered the prelude to the Hollywood Oscars, four women compete in the category of best director and three of them have also been nominated for the section of best foreign language film. Nomadland, ‘The father’, ‘The Mauritanian’, ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘The Chicago 7 trial’ are up for the best picture.
In addition to Zhao and Gavron, they are finalists for the award for best direction Shannon Murphy (‘Babyteeth’) y Jasmila Zbanic (‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’), junto con Thomas Vinterberg (‘Another round’) y Lee Isaac Chung (‘Minari’).
They compete for recognition best Actor el veterano Anthony Hopkins (‘El padre’), Riz Ahmed (‘Sound of Metal’), Chadwick Boseman (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom ‘), Adarsh Gourav (‘White tiger’), Tahar Rahim (‘The Mauritanian’) y Mads Mikkelsen (‘Another round’). Las nominadas a best actress son Frances McDormand (‘Nomadland’), Bukky Bakray (‘Rocks’), Radha Blank (‘The 40-year-old version’), Vanessa Kirby (‘Pieces of a Woman ‘), Wunmi Mosaku (‘His house’) y Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’).
The touch in Spanish of the gala is put by Irune Gurtubai, which competes alongside Ben Sharrock with the film ‘Limbo’ in the categories of best British film and best debut by a director or producer.
Among the novelties in this atypical edition, it stands out that the admission to digitally released movies and that the pre-selection was extended so that the judges could access a greater variety of films, since the gala was delayed from February 14 to April 11, in line with what the organization of the Oscars did.
This Sunday, starting at 19:00 local time (18.00 GMT), it will be known what film happens to ‘1917’ as a great winner at the Baftas, after the Sam Mendes film will win seven awards in 2020.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.