The BAFTAs 2021: every nomination & prediction


It's been a funny year for awards ceremonies. In the UK it's always a bit weird because of how much later we get to see all the winners and nominees from Hollywood and afar. But its never felt as offbeat as it does this year.


I've only managed to see around half of the potential best picture winners at the BAFTAs this year compared to all of last year's, and none have been in the cinema. All the streamers look poised to win big, and it sort of leaves a bitter taste.


But with the general buzz of awards season well under way following the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice awards it's still important to know who's been nominated for the big film awards and it's still fun to predict who might win big. Typically, if you win an award in the BAFTAs it's fair to assume that it's good.


But at the end of the day, let's not be led to believe that over-aggrandised awards ceremonies can be the one true determining factor of a 'good film'. In a year where the true film experience has felt few and far between it's just nice to celebrate their importance in our world.


So let's cut to the chase. Here's every 2021 BAFTA nomination and my guess at who's taking them home.



Best Film

The Father

The Mauritanian

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

The Trial Of The Chicago 7


Prediction: Nomadland

After all the hype surrounding this film and the sheer number of awards its already taken (including my predicted Golden Globe), it's hard not to root for Nomadland.


Outstanding British Film

Calm With Horses

The Dig

The Father

His House

Limbo

The Mauritanian

Mogul Mowgli

Promising Young Woman

Rocks

Saint Maud


Prediction: The Father

I've sadly only seen 5 on this list of British films, but I'm going to go with The Father nonetheless. It's that Anthony Hopkins/Olivia Coleman combo that really makes this one a promising choice.


Leading Actress

Bukky Bakray (Rocks)

Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version)

Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman)

Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Wunmi Mosaku (His House)

Alfre Woodard (Clemency)


Prediction: Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman)

I incorrectly voted for Kirby as a Golden Globe winner, but seeing as the winner of that award isn't featured here at all and considering Kirby is British I'll vote for her again. She's exceptional.


Leading Actor

Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal)

Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger)

Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)

Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian)

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)


Prediction: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

This award very much feels signed, sealed and delivered. It's not because he tragically left the world of acting too soon, but because he carries Ma Rainey's Black Bottom all the way.


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)


Prediction: Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)

She didn't get the Golden Globe, but she certainly did get the Critics' Choice award. I've got to go for her again! She's simply hilarious as Borat's daughter.


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)


Prediction: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)

He's been sweeping all of these awards, and Judas And The Black Messiah is one of my hastily predicted 'films of 2021'. So there's only one choice here for me.


Adapted Screenplay

The Dig

The Father

The Mauritanian

Nomadland

The White Tiger


Prediction: Nomadland

Again, being the year this is I have only caught one of these, and The Dig's screenplay certainly wasn't water-tight. It's got to go to the most anticipated film of the year.


Original Screenplay

Another Round

Mank

Promising Young Woman

Rocks

The Trial Of The Chicago 7


Prediction: Promising Young Woman

Yes, Aaron Sorkin did write The Trial of the Chicago 7. But as a screenplay in its own right, Promising Young Woman appears to be a far more intriguing concept than Chicago 7's.


Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

The Mauritanian

News Of The World

Nomadland


Prediction: Nomadland

Quite simply, I disliked almost everything about Mank. Except the cinematography. But I've seen clips from Nomadland and it definitely feels like its getting yet another award here.


EE Rising Star Award

Bukky Bakray

Conrad Khan

Kingsley Ben-Adir

Morfydd Clark

Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù


Prediction: Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù

This one is potentially the toughest to call. There's plenty of exceptional talents here, but I enjoyed Dìrísù in Gangs Of London and again in His House so why on Earth not him? If not then Clark is pretty close behind.


Documentary

Collective

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

The Dissident

My Octopus Teacher

The Social Dilemma


Prediction: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

For me, this is the easiest to predict. It's the most important documentary made over the last few years, by a man with an immeasurable influence on opinion and impact on British identity.


Film Not in the English Language

Another Round

Dear Comrades!

Les Misérables

Minari

Quo Vadis, Aida?


Prediction: Minari

Although the validity of Minari in this category does come into serious contention (it's set in America and written by an American), Minari seems set to win this one again.


Costume Design

Ammonite

The Dig

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank


Prediction: Emma

This must be the first category I've actually seen 80% of. With that in mind, I can safely say that I thought the costumes in Emma were full of vivid colour and eloquence. It wins.


Make Up & Hair

The Dig

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio


Prediction: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Although Emma could probably win this too, the make up on Viola Davis alone in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is enough to have this in the bag.


Original Score

Mank

Minari

News Of The World

Promising Young Woman

Soul


Prediction: Soul

Although it's disappointing not to see Tenet in this category nearly enough, Soul's score was by far the best of this lot. It's an easy choice.



Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound Of Metal

The Trial Of The Chicago 7


Prediction: The Trial Of The Chicago 7

I've seen one of these. So, in a category such as this, I can only go with the one I've actually seen.


Production Design

The Dig

The Father

Mank

News Of The World

Rebecca


Prediction: Mank

I'm not sure why Emma hasn't been nominated here, but in its absence I suppose Mank ought to win something at the Baftas. This wouldn't be a terrible decision either.


Sound

Greyhound

News Of The World

Nomadland

Soul

Sound Of Metal


Prediction: Sound of Metal

It's literally got the word "sound" in the title.


Special Visual Effects

Greyhound

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One And Only Ivan

Tenet


Prediction: Tenet

If Tenet doesn't win this I'd be surprised. None of the visual effects were achieved how you think they might be. Instead, it was a meticulous process. It's got to win this.