‘Nomadland’ and ‘Rocks’ Tie for BAFTA Lead with 7 Nominations

Frances McDormand is “Fern” in Chloé Zhao’s NOMADLAND — Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced their nominees for the upcoming BAFTA Film Awards. Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Sarah Gavron’s Rocks led the pack with seven nominations each, while The Father, Mank, Minari, and Promising Young Woman nabbing six apiece.

The overall nominations are exciting because they are spread across a number of celebrated films. This is also the first test of the Academy’s new voting procedures, which added a new longlist round in which members of craft chapters, opt-in chapters, or juries were able to vote on films named to a long list of contenders. For Round Two, voters were required to watch all longlisted films before submitting nominations in specific categories and in Best Film.

BAFTA has different eligibility rules than AMPAS and this year includes films released in the UK between January 1, 2020 and April 9, 2021. As a result, some BAFTA nominees are not eligible for Oscars this year because they were submitted last year under AMPAS eligibilty rules.

One frequent complaint from year to year is that voters from AMPAS, BAFTA, HFPA and more vote without watching most of the nominated films. BAFTA’s new procedures sought to change that problem, and, at least for now, seem to have helped as this appears to be the most diverse collection of nominees the British Academy has ever selected.

As for how this will play out at the BAFTA Awards next month and how many of these might carry over to AMPAS, whose nomination round closes tomorrow, remains to be seen.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2021 EE BAFTA Film Awards:

Best Film

  • “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “The Mauritanian” (STX Films)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Outstanding British Film

  • “Calm With Horses”
  • “The Dig”
  • “The Father”
  • “His House”
  • “Limbo”
  • “The Mauritanian”
  • “Mogul Mowgli”
  • “Promising Young Woman”
  • “Rocks”
  • “Saint Maud”

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 Sideny (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” (Denmark)
  • “Dear Comrades!” (Russia)
  • “Les Misérables” (France)
  • “Minari” (USA)
  • “Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzogovina)


  • “Collective”
  • “David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planete”
  • “The Dissident”
  • “My Octopus Teacher”
  • “The Social Dilemma”

Animated Film

  • “Onward” (Disney/Pixar)
  • “Soul” (Disney/Pixar)
  • “Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV+/GKIDS)


  • Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”
  • Shannon Murphy, “Babyteeth”
  • Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”
  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
  • Jasmila Žbanić, “Quo Vadis, Aida?”
  • Sarah Gavron, “Rocks”

Original Screenplay

  • Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round”
  • Jack Fincher, “Mank”
  • Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”
  • Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, “Rocks”
  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Adapted Screenplay

  • Moira Buffini, “The Dig”
  • Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, “The Father”
  • Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven, “The Mauritanian”
  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
  • Ramin Bahrani, “The White Tiger”

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”

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”

Original Score

  • “Mank,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • “Minari,” Emile Mosseri
  • “News of the World,” James Newton Howard
  • “Promising Young Woman,” Anthony Willis
  • “Soul,” Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross


  • “Calm With Horses,” Shaheen Baig
  • “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Alexis L. Fogel
  • “Minari,” Julia Kim
  • “Promising Young Woman,” Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
  • “Rocks,” Lucy Pardee


  • “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


  • “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

Production Design

  • “The Dig,” Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
  • “The Father,” Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
  • “Mank,” Donald Graham Burt, Jon Pascale
  • “News of the World,” David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
  • “Rebecca,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Costume Design

  • “Ammonite,” Michael O’Connor
  • “The Dig,” Alice Babidge
  • “Emma.,” Alexandra Byrne
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth
  • “Mank,” Trish Summerville

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


  • “Greyhound,” Nominees 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

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

British Short Animation

  • “The Fire Next Time,” Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
  • “The Owl and the Pussycat,” Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf
  • “The Song of a Lost Boy,”Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein

British Short Film

  • “Eyelash,” Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman
  • “Lizard,” Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies
  • “Lucky Break,” John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja
  • “Miss Curvy,” Ghada Eldemellawy
  • “The Present,” Farah Nabulsi

EE Rising Star Award

  • Bukky Bakray
  • Conrad Khan
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir
  • Morfydd Clark
  • Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù

The EE BAFTA Awards will take place April 10-11, 2021.

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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