‘Nomadland’, ‘Rocks’ Lead BAFTA Award Nominations

LONDON—U.S. recession drama “Nomadland” and coming-of-age story “Rocks” led the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Tuesday with seven nods each.

Family drama “The Father”, Hollywood throwback “Mank”, #MeToo revenge movie “Promising Young Woman” and Korean-language “Minari” followed with six nominations each at Britain’s top movie honors.

Four of the six best director nominees were women, including Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Sarah Gavron for “Rocks”.

This year’s leading actor nominees include Riz Ahmed for his portrayal of a heavy metal drummer going deaf in “Sound of Metal” and the late Chadwick Boseman for his role in 1920s jazz drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.

Leading actress nominees include Bukky Bakray for “Rocks” and Frances McDormand for “Nomadland”.

“Nomadland”, about a community of van dwellers, was also nominated for best film and adapted screenplay. The movie has had a successful start to the awards season, earning two Golden Globes.

The other best film contenders are 1960s Vietnam War protest drama “The Trial of the Chicago” 7″, “Promising Young Woman”, “The Father” and Guantanamo Bay movie “The Mauritanian”.

Nominations for “Rocks” include outstanding British film, original screenplay and supporting actress for Kosar Ali.

Completing the leading actor category are Adarsh Gourav for “The White Tiger”, Anthony Hopkins for “The Father”, Mads Mikkelsen for “Another Round” and Tahar Rahim for “The Mauritanian”.

The other leading actress contenders are Radha Blank for “The Forty-Year-Old Version”, Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman”, Wunmi Mosaku for “His House” and Alfre Woodard for “Clemency”.

The BAFTAs will take place virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall next month. Berry said there would be two shows over two nights, with more details to follow in coming weeks.

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian