Ten female directors make 2021 Baftas shortlist

Of the 20 films in director category, half have a female director or co-director, but there’s little love for Da 5 Bloods or Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled its prodigious awards longlist on Thursday, the first following an annual review that introduced 120 changes to voting, membership and campaigning, in an effort to improve diversity.

Most of the longlist was voted for by a small groups of specialists in individual fields, with only the best film award open to all in this initial stage of voting.

The results look to be a marked improvement in terms of inclusivity on 2020’s nominations, where the failure to nominate any actor of colour was widely criticised.

The director longlist recognises the work of 10 women among the 20 films, although directors of colour such as Spike Lee (for Da 5 Bloods) and George C Wolfe (for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) were not mentioned, despite both being up for best film.

Lee and Wolfe were also excluded from yesterday’s Golden Globe nominations, which named three women – Emerald Fennell, Chloé Zhao and Regina King – among the five contenders.

All three are also up for Baftas.

Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 leads the pack overall with 15 nods, including four in the supporting actor category. Mank, David Fincher’s behind-the-scenes film about the script wrangles for Citizen Kane, has 14, while Promising Young Woman, Fennell’s rape-revenge comedy starring Carey Mulligan, has 13.

News of the World, a western by Paul Greengrass starring Tom Hanks, has 12 nominations, followed by Rose Glass’s horror, Saint Maud, Kevin Macdonald’s Guantánamo drama The Mauritanian and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, all of which have 11.

Ammonite, Francis Lee’s follow-up to God’s Own Country takes nine nods, as does Da 5 Bloods and The Dig, a drama about the Sutton Hoo excavations.

That film was released to Netflix last week; other titles on the streamer include Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7, News of the World, Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Minari, whose exclusion from many Golden Globes categories caused consternation, is mentioned eight times, as is Rocks, Sarah Gavron’s acclaimed tale of a group of teenage girls in London.

Neither Rocks, Saint Maud nor Minari made the best film longlist.

The shortlist will be announced on 9 March and the awards themselves on 11 April.

Best film
Another Round
Da 5 Bloods
The Dig
The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman
Soul
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The White Tiger

Outstanding British film
Ammonite
Calm With Horses
County Lines
The Courier
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The Dig
Emma
The Father
Herself
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Misbehaviour
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman
Radioactive
Rebecca
Rocks
Saint Maud
Supernova

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
The Australian Dream
Being a Human Person
Calm With Horses
His House
Limbo
Moffie
Mogul Mowgli
Rare Beasts
Rocks
The Reason I Jump
Saint Maud
White Riot

Film not in the English language
Another Round
Bacurau
Collective
Dear Comrades!
I’m No Longer Here (Ya No Estoy Aquí)
The Life Ahead
Les Misérables
Minari
The Mole Agent
New Order
The Painter and the Thief
Quo Vadis, Aida?
System Crasher
The Traitor
The Truffle Hunters

Documentary
All In: The Fight for Democracy
Athlete A
Beastie Boys Story
Becoming
Billie
Collective
Crip Camp
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Dick Johnson Is Dead
The Dissident
I Am Greta
MLK/FBI
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma
The Truffle Hunters

Animated film
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul
The Willoughbys
Wolfwalkers

Director
Another Round
The Assistant
Babyteeth
The Dig
The Father
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Mank
The Mauritanian
Minari
My Octopus Teacher
News of the World
Nomadland
One Night in Miami …
Promising Young Woman
Quo Vadis, Aida?
Rocks
Saint Maud
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The White Tiger

Original screenplay
Ammonite
Another Round
The Assistant
Da 5 Bloods
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud
Soul
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Adapted screenplay
Babyteeth
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
The Dig
Emma
The Father
Hillbilly Elegy
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
The Invisible Man
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland
One Night in Miami …
Pieces of a Woman
The White Tiger

Leading actress
Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy
Bukky Bakray – Rocks
Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Jessie Buckley – I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Morfydd Clark – Saint Maud
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Julia Garner – The Assistant
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Sophia Loren – The Life Ahead
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Wunmi Mosaku – His House
Kate Winslet – Ammonite
Alfre Woodard – Clemency
Zendaya – Malcolm & Marie

Leading actor
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Kingsley Ben-Adir – One Night in Miami …
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ralph Fiennes – The Dig
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Tom Hanks – News of the World
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Cosmo Jarvis – Calm With Horses
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
Gary Oldman – Mank
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
LaKeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah
John David Washington - Malcolm & Marie
Steven Yeun – Minari

Supporting actress
Niamh Algar – Calm With Horses
Kosar Ali – Rocks
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman
Priyanka Chopra Jonas – The White Tiger
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman – The Father
Jennifer Ehle – Saint Maud
Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah
Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian
Ashley Madekwe – County Lines
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari
Helena Zengel – News of the World

Supporting actor
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Bo Burnham – Promising Young Woman
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Mauritanian
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Barry Keoghan – Calm With Horses
Alan Kim – Minari
Frank Langella – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr – One Night In Miami…
Clarke Peters – Da 5 Bloods
Eddie Redmayne – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Mark Rylance – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal
David Strathairn – Nomadland
Stanley Tucci – Supernova

Casting
Babyteeth
Calm With Horses
Da 5 Bloods
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Minari
The Mauritanian
One Night in Miami …
Pieces of a Woman
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematography
Ammonite
The Dig
Greyhound
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Mauritanian
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Nomadland
Rebecca
Saint Maud
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The White Tiger

Costume design
Ammonite
The Dig
Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Misbehaviour
Mulan
News of the World
Promising Young Woman
Radioactive
Rebecca
The Secret Garden
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The United States Vs Billie Holiday

Editing
Another Round
Da 5 Bloods
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud
Sound of Metal
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7
The White Tiger

Makeup and hair
Ammonite
Blithe Spirit
The Dig
Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio
Promising Young Woman
Rebecca
The Trial of the Chicago 7
True History of the Kelly Gang
The United States Vs Billie Holiday
Wonder Woman 1984

Original score
Ammonite
Da 5 Bloods
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Hillbilly Elegy
The Little Things
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Midnight Sky
Minari
News of the World
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
Soul
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Production design
Ammonite
The Dig
Emma
The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Promising Young Woman
Radioactive
Rebecca
The Secret Garden
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984

Special visual effects
Da 5 Bloods
Greyhound
The Invisible Man
Mank
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
News of the World
The Old Guard
The One and Only Ivan
Pinocchio
The Secret Garden
Sonic the Hedgehog
Soul
Tenet
Wonder Woman 1984

Sound
Greyhound
The Invisible Man
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
The Mauritanian
The Midnight Sky
News of the World
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Saint Maud
Soul
Sound of Metal
Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984

British short animation
Bench
Cha
Chado
The Fire Next Time
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Song of a Lost Boy

British short film
The Birth of Valerie Venus
Dad Was
Dọlápọ Is Fine
Eyelash
Lizard
Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
My Brother’s Keeper
The Present
Tic Toc

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Catherine Shoard

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