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BAFTA nominations & diversity inclusion: the shift we all wanted

Updated: Mar 18

Coincidently or not, the year we all were mostly at home was the year that women prevailed in BAFTA nominations. It is a sign that when we look inside our heart, our true selves awakes. And so does the film industry. In a first for BAFTA, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.

Cinema is granting us one positive aspect of the pandemic, which is the shift we were all looking for. Among the best film nominations, all of them tackles diversity in one way or another. Nomadland (my favourite) meets Fern, a woman in her 60s who sells most of her belongings and purchases a van to live in and travel the country searching for work. The Father brings Anthony Hopkins in yet another cult role, an ageing man who refuses the help of his daughter. It is an accurate simulation of dementia. The Mauritanian is a story of abuse and injustice based on true facts. It painfully brings back to the surface the open wounds of 9/11 and prejudices against Muslims. Promising Young Woman is a feminist thriller about violence against women. And even The Trial of The Chicago 7, the most Hollywoodian feature nominated for BAFTA best film, relives the countercultural protests in Chicago in 1968. The film resonates deeply with the violent killings in the USA last year. So yeah, BAFTA is now reflecting the social impact cinema has always had by praising the voices we haven't heard from on mainstream.

A total of 50 feature films received nominations. Highlights include the seven nominations for Nomadland and Rocks. The latter is an authentic British depiction of a deprived London area as well as a cry for the social changes Britain needs to face. Gender, identity and sexuality are not on the agenda because it is cool or in fashion but because representation matters. Suffocating or silencing diversity doesn't make them disappear. On the contrary, it generates trouble.

The already acclaimed Nomadland should get some BAFTA awards this year.

Rocks and Nomadland (above) each received seven BAFTA nominations.

Mank, that seems to be the favourite for the Oscars, received 6 BAFTA nominations.

David Fincher’s reinterpretation of the legend of Citizen Kane might not be in sync with all the other nominations but it surely intrigues the audience for its technical search for perfection. Besides, it elevates a forgotten cinema figure by reminding us how Hollywood used to craft their stories in the golden years.

We can only change the way we craft our stories by understanding why we keep choosing the same models. It's good that Mank is among all other movies that portray diversity.

Find below the list of all BAFTA nominations. The awards ceremony is set to go live on April 11th.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM CALM WITH HORSES Nick Rowland, Daniel Emmerson, Joe Murtagh THE DIG Simon Stone, Gabrielle Tana, Moira Buffini THE FATHER Florian Zeller, Philippe Carcassone, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christopher Hampton HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes, Martin Gentles, Edward King, Roy Lee LIMBO Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont THE MAURITANIAN Kevin Macdonald, Adam Ackland, Leah Clarke, Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven MOGUL MOWGLI Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara ROCKS Sarah Gavron, Ameenah Ayub Allen, Faye Ward, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson SAINT MAUD Rose Glass, Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director) LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont] MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham] ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers) SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell] FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen DEAR COMRADES! Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Ly MINARI Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich DOCUMENTARY COLLECTIVE Alexander Nanau DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey THE DISSIDENT Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes ANIMATED FILM ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young DIRECTOR ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy MINARI Lee Isaac Chung NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić ROCKS Sarah Gavron ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg MANK Jack Fincher PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin ADAPTED SCREENPLAY THE DIG Moira Buffini THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani 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 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 ORIGINAL SCORE MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross MINARI Emile Mosseri NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross CASTING CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel MINARI Julia Kim PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu ROCKS Lucy Pardee CINEMATOGRAPHY JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt MANK Erik Messerschmidt THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards EDITING THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten PRODUCTION DESIGN THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer COSTUME DESIGN AMMONITE Michael O'Connor THE DIG Alice Babidge EMMA. Alexandra Byrne MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth MANK Trish Summerville MAKE UP & HAIR THE DIG Jenny Shircore HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier SOUND GREYHOUND Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David Wyman NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker SOUND OF METAL Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David Watkins MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones TENET Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf THE SONG OF A LOST BOY Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein BRITISH SHORT FILM EYELASH Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman LIZARD Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi EE RISING STAR AWARD BUKKY BAKRAY CONRAD KHAN KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR MORFYDD CLARK ṢỌPẸ DÌRÍSÙ

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