Phoebe Dyvenor and Priyanka Chopra were among the first stars making their arrival at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards, ahead of the virtual ceremony at London‘s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.
The actress opted for a dramatic black gown as she sauntered down the red carpet for the socially-distanced event before posing for photos inside, while Priyanka wore a more androgynous look in the form of a red embroidered jacket and white harem trousers.
A number of stars, including Renee Zellweger and Anna Kendrick, remained in Los Angeles for the awards show and posed for photos in a carpeted room.
Gorgeous: Phoebe Dyvenor and Priyank Chopra were among the first stars making their arrival at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards ahead of the virtual ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday
Prince William, meanwhile, withdrew from the BAFTA awards coverage following the death of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke Of Cambridge, who is president of BAFTA, was due to feature on Saturday in a pre-recorded conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up and hair designer Sharon Martin, talking about filming in lockdown and the craft of film-making.
On Sunday, he was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year – but BAFTA has confirmed he will no longer be taking part in the ceremony.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, was BAFTA’s first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life.
Family first: Prince William (pictured at the BAFTAs in 2020),meanwhile, withdrew from the BAFTA awards coverage following the death of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh (pictured right) who sadly passed away on Friday at the age of 99
Beautiful: The actress opted for a dramatic black gown as she arrived on the socially-distanced red carpet
Stunning: Ahead of the red carpet Phoebe was seen making her way into the ceremony, sporting her gorgeous black gown with a fishtail hem
Flawless: Phoebe opted for a touch of added glamour in the form of emerald jewel earrings, and her tresses styled in loose curls as she arrived ahead of presenting one of the awards
This year’s BAFTAs will see the most diverse list of nominees in the awards show’s history compete to win a coveted gold mask, with stars including Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Kirby nominated for the top prizes.
Phoebe, who starred in Netflix’s Bridgerton, sported a gorgeous black tulle gown with a fishtail hem as she made her way along the red carpet.
She opted for a touch of added glamour in the form of emerald jewel earrings, and her tresses styled in loose curls as she arrived ahead of presenting one of the awards.
Together: Meanwhile Priyanka was spotted making her way into the ceremony alongside her husband Nick Jonas, with the pair ensuring they adhered to Covid restrictions by wearing their masks (left) before walking the red carpet (right)
Cosy: Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas also put on a loved-up display as they arrived together for the evening
Cute: The couple put on a cosy display as they headed into the awards ceremony together
Elsewhere Priyanka donned a more androgynous look with a statement red jacket covered with gold embroidery, which thanks to its open front offered a glimpse of her ample cleavage.
The Bollywood star teamed it with white harem trousers and black heels, with a pale blue tassel necklace for a touch of sparkle.
Priyanka was joined by her dapper husband Nick Jonas for the occasion, and the US singer ensure he caught the eye in a black tuxedo.
Beauty: The actress, 37, draped a tailored black blazer over her shoulders and styled her brunette tresses in soft waves
Felicity Jones looked the picture of sophistication in a black beaded floor length gown as she arrived at London‘s Royal Albert Hall.
The actress, 37, draped a tailored black blazer over her shoulders as she stepped out of her car and made her way into the venue.
She styled her brunette tresses in soft waves and wore a gentle glow of make-up offset with a deep shadowing of mascara on her lashes.
Vamping it up: Meanwhile Sophie Cookson sported a gorgeous black velvet gown with sparkling blue shoulder detailing that highlighted her trim physique
Dressed to impress: Hugh Grant and his glamorous Anna Elisabet Eberstein put on a united display as they hit the red carpet
Looking good: The actor, 60, cut a dapper figure in a black suit and bow tie, while Anna put on leggy display in a black sparkly minidress
Clara Amfo looked effortlessly stylish in her plunging black suit as she made her way down the red carpet ahead of the virtual ceremony.
The presenter’s two-piece boasted a funky black fringed detailing, and finished the look with matching heels
The host, 36, also paid tribute to Prince Philip, who was BAFTA’s first president back in 1959, during Saturday’s opening night as she said he had a ‘very special place’ in the academy’s history and his support had helped them ‘continue in difficult times’.
She said: ‘Before we start tonight we want to say that on behalf of BAFTA, we are extremely saddened by the passing of his royal highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday.
Leggy display: Anna Kendrick, 35, showed off her tanned legs in a red pleated gown which came complete with a daring thigh-high slit
Looking good: Clara Amfo looked effortlessly stylish in her plunging black suit as she made her way down the red carpet ahead of the virtual ceremony
Looking good: The presenter will act as the host for EE’s online content during the ceremony
‘The Duke was BAFTA’s very first president over 60 years ago and was the first of a line of royal patronage all the way through to BAFTA’s current president, his grandson the Duke of Cambridge.
‘It was Prince Philip and her Majesty the Queen’s support throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times and to be here today in 2021 celebrating another outstanding year of achievement in film.
‘The Duke of Edinburgh occupies a very special place in BAFTA history and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with the royal family.’
Clara was joined by singer Celeste, who sported an eye-catching deep green gown as she arrived for the ceremony, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw looked radiant in a figure-hugging sequin dress which also featured a stylish sheer panel across the chest.
She didn’t forget her face covering! Clearly keen to ensure was adhering to the government’s coronavirus restrictions, Amanda Berry donned a face shield along with her chic green suit as she headed down the red carpet
Metallic: Cynthia Erivo also opted for green as she put on a shimmering display on the red carpet in a space age inspired minidress
The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy’s film ceremonies to be held virtually.
The TV version of the awards show took place online during summer 2020, but last year’s film ceremony managed to go ahead a month before the Covid pandemic forced the UK into lockdown.
With the pandemic still raging, another change will take place this year: the BAFTAs will happen in two parts.
Both shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards.
Show one was hosted by Clara Amfo and eight of the 17 gongs were awarded including Best Casting, Best Visual Effects and the Outstanding Contribution to British Film, which was given to Bulletproof’s Noel Clarke.
In a moving speech he said: ‘Thirteen years ago when I won the rising star award I bounced off my chair and I popped my collar as I went up.
Sparkly: Gugu Mbatha-Raw dazzled in a shimmering red and silver sequin dress which featured a sheer neckline
‘For years I never really understood why I did that. I couldn’t articulate it. For years people have told me how arrogant it was, that I shouldn’t have done it, and I have always said to myself that if I ever got back on this stage again I would apologise for it.
‘I’m not going to do that. Recently I realised why I did it. I felt vindicated. I won something at the time that someone like me was never supposed to. Something that I had been told I couldn’t.’
‘I am so, so thankful for this. Years ago I ended with the words, ‘Yes we can’ and we still can. It’s just tough. So I wanted to end this one a little bit different.
Gorgeous: Australian actress Rose Bryne, 41, nailed feminine chic in a tailored black suit which was embellished with tiny sequins
‘Sometimes you will feel like it is not achievable. It is. Sometimes you will feel like you are not good enough. You are. And sometimes you will feel like you don’t deserve it. You do.’
Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman from London’s Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present.
Both programmes are being broadcast in all major territories around the world and a total of 50 feature films received nominations this year.
Presenters will appear during the ceremony from both London and Los Angeles, but all nominees will accept their prizes virtually in front of a virtual audience watching from home.
Among the prizes announced on the second night will be the public-voted EE Rising Star Award and the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest honour.
BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards’ 74-year history.
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.
As part of BAFTA’s pledge to support fresh talent, four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories, with first-time nominees accounting for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories.
British talent is rife in 2021, with the Outstanding British Film category increasing from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film.
Looking sharp: Tom Hiddleston enjoyed a glamorous evening away from filming his latest project on Sunday as he too attended the 2021 British Academy Film Awards
Smart: He pushed his brunette locks back, styling the front in a quiff, and ensured his beard was perfectly groomed for the star-studded night
Arriving in style: Tom smiled for the cameras after jumping out of the car (left) and appeared to be in good spirits (right) as he headed inside of the iconic London venue
Of the difficult times the awards and creative industries have had during the past 12 months – which saw a total shut-down of TV and film production across the world – BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: ‘The last year has seen the Covid-19 pandemic impact everyone, and the film industry is no exception.
‘I would like to thank all those who have supported us and enabled BAFTA to continue to celebrate the very best work in film, from our members who embraced the changes we made to the voting process to the distributors for ensuring that many more films were available for online viewing.
‘Film has always held an essential place in our culture but I think we can all agree that it has been even more important during this time.
‘I very much look forward to celebrating the incredible talent of all our nominees.’
In the past year, BAFTA undertook a wide-ranging Review, signalling the beginning of a significant cultural shift within the organisation.
The changes introduced for the Film Awards are the first phase in an ongoing process of levelling the playing field for all entered films.
High spirits: Richard E. Grant beamed as he headed down the red carpet and into the Royal Albert Hall
Dapper: The actor, 63, looked delighted to be in a three-piece suit after months of lockdown
Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, said of this: ‘This year’s nominations showcase and celebrate the remarkable range of performances and nominees behind the camera from 50 films and we’re delighted to recognise such high-quality work.
‘We are also delighted to see the strength of British film shine through in all categories.
‘After last year’s nominations, we started the BAFTA Review process with the intention of levelling the playing field and introduced a range of measures to ensure that all entered films were seen by our members and judged on merit.
‘We hope today you can see some of those changes reflected in the breadth and depth of those nominated and we congratulate all our nominees.’
Marc Samuelson, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said: ‘It has been an extremely tough year for everyone, including for cinemas and for the film industry, so we are looking forward to some fun, and a celebration of great talent across the weekend.
‘The industry and film lovers are coming together to shine a spotlight on the creativity and craft behind the 50 nominated films, and to recognise and celebrate the efforts of the industry to keep going during this particularly challenging time.’
BAFTA 2021 NOMINATIONS
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
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
THE FATHER Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt
THE MAURITANIAN TBC
NOMADLAND Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Stuart Besser, Marc Platt
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
ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg
BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy
MINARI Lee Isaac Chung
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić
ROCKS Sarah Gavron
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
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 – WINNER
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
AMMONITE Michael O’Connor
THE DIG Alice Babidge
EMMA. Alexandra Byrne
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth – WINNER
MANK Trish Summerville
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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
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
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 Kings, Roy Lee
LIMBO Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont
THE MAURITANIAN Kevin Macdonald, 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
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
ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae
SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray
WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young
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
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
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
THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale – WINNER
NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
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 – WINNER
MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier
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
TENET – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley – WINNER