LONDON — “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao’s movie a couple of girl compelled to affix the rising numbers of Americans residing out of vans as they seek for work, was the large winner on the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday.
It was named finest movie at Britain’s equal of the Oscars, higher often known as the BAFTAs, beating the likes of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and the much-hyped “Promising Young Woman,” starring Carey Mulligan.
Zhao was additionally named finest director, solely the second girl to get the accolade, after Kathryn Bigelow gained in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker,” whereas Frances McDormand, the star of “Nomadland,” gained finest actress. The movie, which has been closely praised by British critics for its “delicate, incisive portrait of a life lived on the road,” additionally took the award for finest cinematography.
Zhao referred to her time finding out in an English seaside city when accepting the perfect director award. “Wow, I think I just made my teacher at Brighton College really proud,” she stated, to laughter from the digital viewers.
But she devoted her awards haul to the nomadic Americans, middle-aged and older, who participated within the movie. “Thank you for showing us that aging is a beautiful part of life,” Zhao stated. “How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society,” she added, “and we need to do better.”
This yr’s BAFTAs had been handed out on the Royal Albert Hall in London, though with out the standard glamorous viewers. Instead, nominees attended through video hyperlink, some sitting of their residing rooms.
This yr’s nominees had been notable for their diversity, in stark distinction to final yr’s awards when no folks of shade had been nominated in the principle appearing classes, and no ladies had been nominated for finest director, prompting a social media outcry.
In response, BAFTA made a host of rule changes, together with requiring its members to bear unconscious bias coaching earlier than voting and involving juries in a number of classes.
The various nominations didn’t at all times translate to wins for actors of shade. Anthony Hopkins gained finest actor for “The Father,” the place he performs a person scuffling with dementia, beating the likes of Riz Ahmed for his portrayal of a musician shedding his listening to in “Sound of Metal,” and Chadwick Boseman for his starring function in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
But Daniel Kaluuya was named finest supporting actor for his function as Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” repeating his success at the Golden Globes. Yuh-Jung Youn, the veteran Korean actress, gained finest supporting actress for her function in “Minari.”
British folks “are known as very snobbish” Youn stated in her acceptance speech, saying the award meant extra due to that.
The success of “Nomadland” is more likely to improve hype across the movie forward of this yr’s Oscars, scheduled for April 25, the place it’s nominated for six awards.
The BAFTAs are usually seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards as a result of there may be some overlap between the 7,000-strong membership of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which organizes the BAFTAs, and the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Although 4 of the flicks contending for the perfect image Oscar — “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari” and “Sound of Metal” — weren’t nominated within the BAFTAs finest movie class.