Nomadland and Rocks lead 2021 BAFTA nominations

    Author Zoe Aresti

The nominations for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) have been announced today (9 March).

Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland and Sarah Gavron’s Rocks lead the nominations with seven nominations each.

Nomadland is nominated for best film as well as best director, in addition to nominations in the adapted screenplay, leading actress, cinematography, editing and sound categories. Rocks is up for outstanding British film, as well as outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer. The film is also nominated for best director, original screenplay, leading actress, supporting actress and casting.

Following closely behind with six nominations are The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman, while The Dig and The Mauritanian picked up five nominations.

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.

The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award were announced on 3 March as Bukky Bakray, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Morfydd Clark, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù and Conrad Khan. The award is voted for by the British public and presented to an actress or actor who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to capture the imagination of the UK public. Voting is now open at

This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will be celebrated across the weekend of 10 and 11 April. Two shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall. The first show, celebrating the craft of film, will be broadcast on Saturday 10 April on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The show on Sunday 11 April will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD. Both programmes will be broadcast in all major territories around the world. 

A total of 50 films received nominations. View the full list of nominees here