Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom picked up two prizes at the opening night of the 2021 Bafta Film Awards in London, which focused on the craft categories.
The US film, directed by George C. Wolfe, won both the awards for which it was nominated: costume design for the work of Ann Roth; and make-up and hair, recognising Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera and Mia Neal.
The music drama and Netflix title is up for one more prize at the main ceremony tomorrow, for late leading actor Chadwick Boseman.
Despite being hosted from London’s Royal Albert Hall, an audience was not present and winners received their awards virtually due to ongoing pandemic restrictions.
UK actor/filmmaker Noel Clarke did appear in-person to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award.
Clarke, best known for writing and starring in the Hood film trilogy and the founder of production company Unstoppable Film and Television, said: “My journey in this business has been a battle at times… Hopefully people see that I’ve tried to elicit change in the industry. So this is for the underrepresented… This is particularly for my young black boys and girls out there, who never believed that this could happen to them.
“Sometimes you feel like it’s not achievable. It is. Sometimes you feel like you’re not good enough. You are. And sometimes you will feel like you don’t deserve it. You do.”
In the first Bafta film awards since widespread criticism over the lack of diversity in the 2020 nominations, other winners included Sarah Gavron’s UK drama Rocks, which won the casting award for the work of Lucy Pardee.
Darius Marder’s US drama Sound Of Metal, starring Riz Ahmed as a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing, won the Bafta award for sound. Further awards saw Christopher Nolan’s Tenet win the Bafta for special visual effects and David Fincher’s Mank win production design.
Bafta supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. also made an appearance to perform the song ’Speak Now’ from One Night In Miami, and will be back on Sunday to sing a duet of ’A Change Is Gonna Come’ from the film, with Corinne Bailey Rae.
A virtual conversation led by Bafta president Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was due to take place but was cancelled following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, yesterday (April 9).
Opening the event, presenter Clara Amfo paid tribute on behalf of Bafta, and said: “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.”
For the first time, the awards have been split into two separate ceremonies, with the main show due to be held tomorrow (April 11). The two-hour ceremony due to start at 7pm BST. Screen will be covering the event live and posting the winners as they are announced.
Baftas 2021: Craft Winners (in bold)
- Rocks - Lucy Pardee
- Calm With Horses - Shaheen Baig
- Judas And The Black Messiah - Alexa L. Fogel
- Minari - Julia Kim
- Promising Young Woman - Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Ann Roth
- Ammonite - Michael O’Connor
- The Dig - Alice Babidge
- Emma - Alexandra Byrne
- Mank - Trish Summerville
MAKE UP & HAIR
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal
- The Dig - Jenny Shircore
- Hillbilly Elegy - Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle
- Mank - Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
- Pinocchio - Mark Coulier
- Mank - Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
- The Dig - Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
- The Father - Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
- News Of The World - David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
- Rebecca - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
- Sound Of Metal - Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc
- Greyhound - Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David Wyman
- 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
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
- Tenet - Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley
- 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
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
- The Owl And The Pussycat - Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf
- The Fire Next Time - Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
- The Song Of A Lost Boy - Daniel Quirke, Jamie Macdonald, Brid Arnstein
BRITISH SHORT FILM
- The Present – Farah Nabulsi
- Eyelash – Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman
- Lizard – Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies
- Lucky Break – John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja
- Miss Curvy – Ghada Eldemellawy