The 74th British Academy of Film (Bafta) awards ceremony has been delayed a few weeks due to the pandemic caused by covid-19, but will be held, as in previous editions, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It will be hosted by actors Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary. It will be a virtual gala, with the nominees connected, but with musical performances on stage. The Bafta of Honor will be presented to American-Taiwanese director Ang Lee, winner of four Bafta Awards for films Sense and Sensibility; Tiger and dragon Y Brokeback Mountain and nominated six more times.
What will not change will be the traditional “And the Bafta goes to …” that will be pronounced just before meeting the winners in the different categories. A mystery that will be resolved on the night of Sunday, April 11, and that TCM viewers will have the privilege of living exclusively in our country in a live broadcast that will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be commented on by journalists María Guerra and Elio Castro. .
The announcement of the nominations was a clear sign of the surprises to be expected. Last year there were only white performers in the four main acting categories and there were no women in the directing category either. The British Academy announced that it would carry out a “careful and detailed review” of its voting system and introduced a new round of voting in all categories to achieve greater diversity. The categories for best director, actor and actress went from five to six nominations and that of best British film was expanded from six to ten to further highlight the importance of cinematography made in the country.
All of these changes have paid off, and many of the films that qualify for the golden masks show the cultural and racial diversity of today’s British society, something that can be seen in titles like Rocks, Strange house, County Lines O Limbo. In this latest film, the Basque producer Irene Gurtubai is a candidate in the category of best debut for director, screenwriter or producer of a British film.
In the best direction category there are four dominated women: Chloé Zhao Nomadland, the favorite to win the award; Sarah Gavron, for Rocks; Jasmila Zbanic, por ¿Quo Vadis, Aida? and Shannon Murphy for The glorious chaos of life. Danish Thomas Vinterberg for Another round and Korean-American Lee Isaac Chung for Minari. Family history, complete the sextet of candidates.
Nomadland, the film based on the book written by Jessica Bruder and which reflects the life of a worker who moves with her mobile home to where she is offered a job, has won seven nominations. The same as Rocks, a small British film that tells the story of a London teenager who one day, after school, discovers that her mother has left home. The feature film describes the lives of emigrant daughters in London’s slums.
The father, Mank, Minari. Family history Y A promising young woman they have six nominations. The latter is one of the big surprises of the awards season. It is the first feature film by Emerald Fennell, writer of the British series Killing Eve and what we can see playing Camila Parker Bowles in the series The Crown.
Other titles like The excavation Y The Mauritanian, the film that tells the odyssey of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was imprisoned in Guantánamo prison without charge for more than ten years, aspire to 5 golden masks.
In the acting categories there have also been many surprises. Established actors and actresses, such as Anthony Hopkins, for The Father; Mads Mikkelsen, por Another round and Frances McDormand for Nomadland, will have as rivals less well-known interpreters such as Adarsh Gourav, for White Tiger; Riz Ahmed by Sound of Metal; Bukky Bakray por Rocks and Radha Blank for Rapper at 40. The late Chadwick Boseman, by The mother of blues, is the great favorite to win in the men’s category, as it already happened in the Golden Globes and in the awards of the Actors Guild of the United States.
In addition, throughout the weekend, TCM viewers will be able to see 22 films that have obtained an award in past editions of these awards. Titles like The Age of Innocence by Martin Scorsese, for which Miriam Margolyes won the 1994 Bafta for best supporting actress; Without forgiveness by Clint Eastwood who won the best supporting actor statuette for Gene Hackman a year earlier or Boyhood (Moments of a Life) by Richard Linklater, a film that in 2015 won the awards for best film, best director and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.