Big changes made as BAFTA reveals diverse 2021 shortlist

Daniel Kaluuya nominated for supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah

The Bafta Film Awards have unveiled a highly diverse nominations list, with 16 of the 24 acting nominees this year coming from ethnic minority groups.

More than half of the 24 BAFTA nominees are actors of colour – a huge change from last year’s all-white nominations.

Nomadland and coming-of-age story Rocks lead the nominations with seven nods each.

Four women are nominated in the best director category, including Chloe Zhao for Nomadland. She won the same award at the Golden Globes last week.

This year’s leading actor nominees include Riz Ahmed for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer going deaf in Sound of Metal and the late Chadwick Boseman for his role in 1920s jazz drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback and Tahar Rahim are also among the 16 nominees from ethnic minority backgrounds in the acting categories.

Last year's nominations sparked criticism over the all-white acting nominees and lack of female directors. BAFTA conducted a wide-ranging review resulting in expanded membership, a new long-list voting round and an increase in all four acting categories and best director to six nominees from five.

Chloé Zhao nominated for best Director for film Nomadland

Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar said: "After last year's nominations, we started the Bafta Review process with the intention of levelling the playing field and introduced a range of measures to ensure that all entered films were seen by our members and judged on merit.

"We hope today you can see some of those changes reflected in the breadth and depth of those nominated and we congratulate all our nominees."

BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry said that it was about levelling the playing field.

“That was really important to us … people are getting through on merit because they are excellent films, excellent performances.”

The BAFTAs will take place virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall next month. Berry said there would be two shows over two nights, with more details to follow in coming weeks.

Full shortlist - main awards

Best film

  • The Father

  • The Mauritanian

  • Nomadland

  • Promising Young Woman

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British film

  • Calm With Horses

  • The Dig

  • The Father

  • His House

  • Limbo

  • The Mauritanian

  • Mogul Mowgli

  • Promising Young Woman

  • Rocks

  • Saint Maud

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

Leading actor

  • Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal

  • Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

  • Adarsh Gourav - The White Tiger

  • Sir Anthony Hopkins - The Father

  • Mads Mikkelsen - Another Round

  • Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian

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

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


  • Another Round - Thomas Vinterberg

  • Babyteeth - Shannon Murphy

  • Minari - Lee Isaac Chung

  • Nomadland - Chloé Zhao

  • Quo Vadis, Aida? - Jasmila Žbanić

  • Rocks - Sarah Gavron

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Kingsley Ben-Adir

  • Morfydd Clark

  • Bukky Bakray

  • Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù

  • Conrad Khan