(CRHoy.com) AFP.-Two weeks before the Oscars, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” triumphed on Sunday at the British film awards ceremony, the Baftas, and the famous Anthony Hopkins was chosen best actor for his role in “The father.”
The Chinese Chloé Zhao won in the category of “best director” and her road-movie “Nomadland” was consecrated “best film”, while actress Frances McDormand was awarded as best actress for her role in that film.
Already awarded at the Golden Globes at the end of February and the first woman to obtain four nominations at the Oscars the same year, the 39-year-old independent filmmaker paid tribute to “the nomadic community that received us so generously in their lives, shared with us their dreams, their struggles ”.
“I like doing what I do and if this means that more people as I can live their dreams, I am very grateful “, declared the director.
Hymn to the glory of modern hippies who drive their trucks around America, “Nomadland” had won the prestigious award for best picture from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on Saturday.
“Nomadland” faced “The father” (“The father”, with Hopkins), “The Mauritanian”, about a lawyer defending a Mauritanian accused of terrorism by the United States, the feminist thriller “Promising Young Woman” and the court drama “The Chicago Seven.”
Anthony Hopkins won the best actor award for his performance in “The Father.” The 83-year-old actor, of Welsh origin and naturalized American, was honored for his portrayal of an old man suffering from dementia.
After the ceremony, Hopkins, contacted in Wales, where he is currently, confided to journalists that he was “proud” to have participated in this “mighty movie”.
Adapted from the play of the same name, “The Father” was filmed in England.
Due to the death on Friday of his grandfather Prince Philip, Prince William, who was to deliver a pre-recorded speech, did not participate in the ceremony.
Lee is distinguished
The director Ang Lee (“Reason and feelings”, “Tiger and dragon”, “The Odyssey of Pi”) received for his part the Bafta Academy Fellowship, which rewards his work.
The Bafta for best supporting actress went to 73-year-old South Korean Youn Yuh-jung for “Minari,” which evokes the story of a South Korean-American family seeking a new life in the countryside.
Briton Daniel Kaluuya, 32, received the award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, a young leader of the black revolutionary movement Black Panther, in the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
The “rising star” award went to Bukky Bakray for “Rocks,” which shows a gang of teenagers from diverse backgrounds who take their first steps in the cinema. She plays a 15-year-old teenager abandoned by her mother and trying to get by with her young brother, supported by friends.
Shouts of joy were heard in the actress’s house when the announcement was made. “Thank you my God, thank you to my parents,” the young woman reacted.
This was a consolation prize for this film that accumulatedor seven nominations, as many as “Nomadland.”
Last year, the Bafta team was criticized for its lack of diversity.
In the nominations for the 2020 Film Awards, there were no non-white actors in the top four categories, nor were there any female directors nominated.
Since then, the organization has reviewed all categories to introduce more diversity in nominations.
This year, four female directors were appointed, a first. In the best actor category were the British of Pakistani origin Riz Ahmed, the French of Algerian origin Tahar Rahim, the Indian actor Adarsh Gourav and the black American actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last year of cancer, at the age of 43.
It is “incredible” that the presence of non-white artists in the Baftas has “taken so long,” Sarah Gavron, the director of “Rocks”, a film whose main actresses are black, told AFP.
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