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My Predictions: 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards

It’s finally here! Tomorrow night is the BAFTAs, the only movie awards show I actually get to watch live. In true movie blogger fashion, I’m here with my predictions for the night, and in true Often Off Topic fashion, I’m here to get most categories terribly wrong. It might be an usual year what with, you know, the never-ending worldwide pandemic – but you’ll still find me on Sunday night in my living room with my blanket and slippers, confusing my husband with my prediction rants.

In the past I’ve tried to wear only my critic hat, I’ve also tried to guess with my heart. The best method seems to be to go with a mixture of both, so let’s give it a go and hop into the predictions, shall we?

BEST FILM

THE FATHER
THE MAURITANIAN
NOMADLAND
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Only the first category and I’m already stuck. Nomadland is the clear front runner in most other awards but BAFTA are so well known for going against the grain. It wouldn’t be my first choice, I would prefer PYW or TTotC7, but I think Nomadland will win.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

CALM WITH HORSES
THE DIG
THE FATHER
HIS HOUSE
LIMBO
THE MAURITANIAN
MOGUL MOWGLI
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 
ROCKS
SAINT MAUD

Some wild choices in here, right? BAFTA seem to be all over The Mauritanian but I don’t rate it. I’m really hoping for a Promising Young Woman win here, but I would be happy with The Father too.

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 Sidey (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]

Oh boy. I’ve seen 1 movie from this list (Saint Maud) and I didn’t like it at the time, I was missold by the marketing and was left confused, although it’s grown on me since. From online chatter I’m going with Rocks as the winner, but it would be awesome for a horror to win in a major awards ceremony.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND 
DEAR COMRADES!
LES MISÉRABLES
MINARI
QUO VADIS, AIDA?

I can’t believe Minari is here but not in Best Film. It feels like an obvious winner, but there’s a lot of love for Another Round and I’ve great things about Quo Vadis, Aida? too. Argh! My head and my heart are fighting but I’m going with Another Round.

DOCUMENTARY

COLLECTIVE
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET
THE DISSIDENT
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

The Social Dilemma was interesting but didn’t feel award-worthy to me. I haven’t seen any others but I’ve heard of them. Us Brits adore David Attenborough but my gut says Collective will win.

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD
SOUL
WOLFWALKERS 

Come on BAFTA, you got this one right last year with Klaus and I fully believe you can do it again. Wolfwalkers!

DIRECTOR

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg
BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy
MINARI Lee Isaac Chung
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić
ROCKS Sarah Gavron

This is a wild bunch for sure, isn’t it? I mean, this feels like it’s Chloé Zhao’s award but I just can’t fully put my faith in it!

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
MANK Jack Fincher
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin

My heart is being pulled in two directions. I gave PYW and TTotC7 a full 5/5 and I love them both so much. I’m going with Promising Young Woman!

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini
THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani

Imagine having so many interesting movies to choose from, and picking The Dig. Sigh. I feel like The Father could win here, I would never have guessed it was based on a play.

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

Where is Viola Davis?! Carey Mulligan?! Ughhh! Could this be the award Vanessa Kirby takes home? I just…I’m so deflated. Let’s go with Frances McDormand.

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

At least this category is looking better! I’m actually completely torn here. This is surely Chadwick Boseman’s award but BAFTA have pretty much ignored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom! I’m going to take a risk…and I don’t know if I should take it with Riz Ahmed or Anthony Hopkins. I let my husband pick and he went with Riz!

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

Easy easy easy! I was fully on the Maria Bakalova train until I watched Minari. I would be over the moon still if Bakalova won but I have to go with Yuh-Jung Youn!

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

How bloody lovely that BAFTA put Alan Kim here, seriously. Also so lovely to see Paul Raci here, but I feel like it’s going to Daniel Kaluuya.

ORIGINAL SCORE

MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis
SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Now, we enter the real guessing game. You’ll see my commentary disappearing when I’m basically picking by intuition alone!

CASTING

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel
MINARI Julia Kim
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
ROCKS Lucy Pardee

CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

Really shocked that Tenet isn’t here, to be honest. I’m confident with this choice though.

EDITING

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, Jan 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 Colleen LaBaff, Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
PINOCCHIO Dalia Colli, Mark Coulier, Francesco Pegoretti

SOUND

GREYHOUND Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David Wyman
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, Whitney Richman
THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon, David Watkins
MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones
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

This is the only award that the public choose, and I voted Morfydd Clark so I have to stick with her!

3 thoughts on “My Predictions: 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards

  1. I never do BAFTA predictions because they’re wild and even more so this year. I’m looking forward to seeing who the winners are! It’s such an existing year in the actress categories.

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