NOMADLAND WINS 4 BAFTAS, CHLOÉ ZHAO WINS BEST DIRECTOR

Zhao becomes second woman to receive the trophy at the British Academy Film Awards

'Nomadland' (Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Gig-economy Western Nomadland won four prizes including best picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out during a pandemic-curbed ceremony that recognized a diverse array of screen talent.

Nomadland filmmaker Chloé Zhao became only the second woman, and the first woman of colour, to win the BAFTA for best director, and star Frances McDormand was named best actress. Nomadland also took the cinematography prize.

Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy Promising Young Woman was named best British film, while the best actor trophy went to 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins for playing a man grappling with dementia in The Father.

An event that was criticized in the recent past with the label #BAFTAsSoWhite rewarded a diverse group of talents. Judas and the Black Messiah star Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for his turn as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, while veteran Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn took home best actress for her work in the family drama Minari.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Bukky Bakray won the Rising Star award, largely off the strength of her performance in the coming-of-age drama Rocks. Previous winners of the award include Kaluuya, Kristin Stewart, Tom Hardy and John Boyega.

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