Nomadland wins best film at Baftas 2021

Louis Chilton
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Chloe Zhao and Frances McDormand on the set of Nomadland (AP)
Chloe Zhao and Frances McDormand on the set of Nomadland (AP)

Nomadland has been named Best Film at the Bafta Film Awards 2021.

The Father, The Mauritanian, Promising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7 had also been in contention for the award.

Frances McDormand also took home a Best Actress trophy for her lead role in the drama, directed by Chloe Zhao.

Going into the weekend, Nomadland and Rocks led the pack with the most nominations each (seven), followed by The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman, which all had six.

Nomadland won four awards on Sunday night (11 April), including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

The film centres on a woman (played by McDormand) who lives in a van in the American West in the aftermath of the financial crash.

Zhao’s win makes her just the second woman to win in the best director category in 53 years.

Elsewhere on the night, Sir Anthony Hopkins took home the Best Actor prize, for his turn in The Father, beating out competitors including Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) and the late Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom).

Promising Young Woman also enjoyed a successful Bafta night, winning awards for Best Screenplay and Outstanding British Film.

Click here for a rundown of the best-dressed stars on Bafta night, while you can follow along with the evening’s developments here.

The 2021 Bafta Film Awards were split over two days (10 and 11 April), taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

You can find a full list of the winners here.

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