Bafta Film Awards 2021: Everything to know about the ceremony, including how to watch and who is nominated

Louis Chilton
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The Baftas will take place on 10 and 11 April (BAFTA/Marc Hoberman)
The Baftas will take place on 10 and 11 April (BAFTA/Marc Hoberman)

By the time the calendar swings around to April, awards season is usually well and truly behind us - but this year is different.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, ceremonies including the Academy Awards, the British Academy Film Awards and the Golden Globes have been pushed back by months.

The Baftas are due to finally take place this weekend, split over two days (10 and 11 April).

Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the event will feature awards, live musical performances, and more, with nominees attending virtually alongside a virtual audience.

Leading the pack with seven nominations each are Nomadland and Rocks followed by The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman, which all have six.

You can click here for a full list of the nominees, or you can click here for a list of the biggest snubs and surprises among the nominations.

Here’s a brief rundown of everything you need to know about the Bafta Film Awards 2021....

What is the Opening Night ceremony?

The EE Bafta Film Awards Opening Night ceremony, which took place on Saturday, was hosted by Clara Amfo, and saw films including Tenet and Sound of Metal take home awards.

Noel Clarke was also awarded for his special contribution to British cinema, while Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr performed the single “Speak Now” from the Bafta-nominated film One Night in Miami...

Read the full list of winners here.

BAFTA/Iona Wolff
BAFTA/Iona Wolff

How can I watch the Opening Night ceremony?

The hour-long event can be watched on BBC iPlayer

What will happen during Sunday Night’s ceremony?

Sunday’s ceremony will be hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.

Throughout the event, the remaining 17 awards will be announced, including the EE Rising Star award, which is voted for by members of the public.

BAFTA/Jamie Simonds
BAFTA/Jamie Simonds

Among the presenters on the night are Asim Chaudhry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sophie Cookson, Phoebe Dynevor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Pedro Pascal and Jonathan Pryce.

Others, including Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger, will be appearing at the ceremony from a studio in the US.

Who is nominated?

Nominees for this year include British indie drama Rocks, and the Frances McDormand-starring drama Nomadland.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Kirby, Riz Ahmed, Frances McDormand, Chadwick Boseman, Clarke Peters, Alfre Woodard, Daniel Kaluuya and Sir David Attenborough are also among those in contention for awards.


You can find a full list of this year’s nominees here.

Meanwhile, Life of Pi director Ang Lee is set to be honoured on the night with the Bafta Fellowship.

How can I watch it?

Sunday’s Bafta ceremony will be televised on BBC One on Sunday, 11 April, beginning at 7pm BST.

The ceremony will last two hours.

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