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.
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
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Outstanding British film
Calm With Horses
Promising Young Woman
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
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
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
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)