The74th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards had taken place on Sunday in London's Royal Albert Hall. The Indian star Priyanka Chopra was one of the presenter.
It was the night of ‘Nomadland’ the Frances McDormand starrer Hollywood drama, with Chinese director Chloe Zhao, as it swept the BAFTA 2021 by winning four trophies. These awards include Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography as well as Best Actress for Frances McDormand
Indian actor Adarsh Gourav, who was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in The White Tiger lost to the legendary Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of an ageing man battling memory loss in “The Father.”
The BAFTA ceremony was held virtually over two nights, with nominees joining in by video, due to the pandemic restrictions.
An emerging star, 19-year-old Bukky Bakray, won the EE Rising Star award, chosen by public vote, for Rocks, a coming-of-age drama set in London. She made her debut after being discovered through open auditions. Double Oscar winning director Ang Lee bagged Bafta Academy Fellowship.
The 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) also paid tributes to late actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor in their ‘In Memorium’ segment. ‘In Memorium’ segment had tributes to other actors too including Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas and Chadwick Boseman.
The tribute, in the form of a video clip, was a reverence paid to over 40 artists from the world of entertainment that were lost during the past year. It included those to actors, writers, directors, and technicians.