The unconventional 74th edition of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held its first of two ceremonies on April 10, with the second one scheduled for the subsequent day. 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' was the big winner on the opening night, taking home two golden masks.
According to Variety, the first night of the 2021 BAFTAs, which was hosted virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall by TV and BBC radio presenter Clara Amfo, was a mostly craft-centered affair that also yielded wins for 'Mank', 'Tenet' and 'Sound of Metal'.
During the ceremony, eight primarily craft-focussed awards were handed out, including casting, costume, makeup and hair, production design, sound, special visual effects, British short film, and British short mation. The remaining awards -- including the performance and best film categories will be handed out on the second night.
'Rocks' was the first winner, with Lucy Pardee scooping the award for Casting. The UK indie movie was nominated for a leading seven BAFTAs this year, joint most with 'Nomadland', which is a hot favourite for the Best Film prize on the second night.
Director and writer Noel Clarke, best known for the 'Kidulthood' film trilogy were honoured with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award. Supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. performed 'Speak Now', his Oscar-nominated song from One Night in Miami, for which he has earned a best-supporting actor BAFTA nomination.
Unsurprisingly, Netflix had a good evening, following its mammoth 34 nominations, by far the leading number for a distributor this year. The streamer took home prizes including Costume Design and Hair & Make-up, which both went to 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom's', and Production Design, which was scooped by 'Mank'.
Here's a complete list of night one's winners:
Sound Of Metal, Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortes, Michelle Couttolenc - Greyhound, Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David WymanNews Of The World, Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver TarneyNomadland, Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf SnyderSoul, Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker
Tenet, Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley - Greyhound, Pete Bebb, Nathan Mcguinness, Sebastian Von OverheidtThe Midnight Sky, Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David WatkinsMulan, Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth MauryThe One And Only Ivan, Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher
The Owl And The Pussycat, Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf - The Fire Next Time, Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade KolbeThe Song Of A Lost Boy, Del Quirke, Jamie Macdonald, Brid Arnstein
The Present, Farah Nabulsi - Eyelash, Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Ike NewmanLizard, Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale DaviesLucky Break, John Addis, Rami Sarras PantojaMiss Curvy, Ghada Eldemellawy
Mank, Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale - The Dig, Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacdonaldThe Father, Peter Francis, Cathy FeatherstoneNews Of The World, David Crank, Elizabeth KeenanRebecca, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal - The Dig, Jenny ShircoreHillbilly Elegy, Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew MungleMank, Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi WilliamsPinocchio, Mark Coulier
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ann Roth - Ammonite, Michael O'connorThe Dig, Alice BabidgeEmma, Alexandra ByrneMank, Trish Summerville
Rocks, Lucy Pardee - Calm with Horses, Shaheen BaigJudas and the Black Messiah, Alexa L. FogelMinari, Julia KimPromising Young Woman, Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
The 74th edition of the BAFTAs was opened by paying tribute to the late Prince Philip, who died yesterday at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA's first president 60 years ago, beginning a line of Royal patronage which continues with his son Prince William, who had been scheduled to make an appearance during the awards but had to pull out after the news of the demise of his grandfather.
( With inputs from ANI )
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