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LONDON (AP) – Gig economy western “Nomadland” won four awards at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, including Best Picture, presented in a pandemic-slowed ceremony that honored a variety of film talent.

Nomadland filmmaker Chloe Zhao was only the second woman to win BAFTA Best Director, and star Frances McDormand was named Best Actress. “Nomadland” also won the cinematography award.

Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy, Promising Young Woman, was named Best British Film, while 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor for playing a man who struggled with dementia in The Father.

An recently dubbed #BAFTAsSoWhite rewarded a diverse group of talent including British black star Daniel Kaluuya, newcomer Bukky Bakray, who shone in rocks as a London teenager, and the seasoned Korean one Actress Yuh-Jung Youn.

The fact that Britain remains under lockdown measures and its cinemas are still closed made the evening poignant, as did the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, a longtime patron of the British Film Academy, on Friday .

Prince William, who was due to be present in his role as President of the British Film Academy and to give a speech, was absent after his grandfather’s death. The ceremony opened with a tribute to Philip, who was the Academy’s first president in 1959.

Hosts such as Hugh Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the winners from the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, but the recipients accepted their honors from afar and there was no black audience to cheer them on.

Director Remi Weekes, who won the UK Debut Award for his first feature film, His , noticed the surreal feeling of receiving the award while sitting in his living room in a tuxedo.

“Nomadland” plays McDormand as a middle-aged woman who travels the American West while living in her van and taking up short-term work.

Zhao, who lived among real American travelers for the film, thanked “the nomad community who so generously welcomed us into their lives.”

“How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society, and we have to do a lot better,” she said.

The UK Film Academy expanded its voting rights and changed its rules last year to address an apparent lack of diversity in nominations. In 2020, for the seventh year in a row, no women were nominated for best directors, and all 20 nominees in the Lead and Support Performer categories were white.

Under new rules that, among other things, made viewing all long-list films mandatory for Academy voters, this year’s list of nominees for acting was noticeably more diverse, and four of the six filmmakers nominated for best director were women: Zhao, Sarah Gavron (“Rocks”), Shannon Murphy (“Babyteeth”) and Jasmila Zbanic (“Quo Vadis, Aida?”).

When asked what her directing award meant for Asian women in the film, Zhao said, “If this means that more people like me can live their dreams, I am very grateful.”

Amanda Berry, executive director of BAFTA, said the academy was “determined to make changes”.

“We’re not there yet, this is definitely a work in progress, but I’m very happy with how far we’ve come,” she said.

Kaluuya was named Best Supporting Actor for Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

Youn seemed amazed to win the best actress award for the Korean-American family drama “Minari”. The Korean actress said she had always viewed the British as “very snobbish people”. However, she later stated, “Not bad.”

Bakray, 19, won the Rising Star Award, past winners of which include Kaluuya, Kristin Stewart, Tom Hardy and John Boyega.

“I don’t know how to feel,” she said. “When we were doing ‘Rocks’ I thought 100 people would see this movie, max.”

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round” was awarded the prize for best film not in English. Vinterberg paid tribute to his daughter Ida, who was to be seen in the film and who died in a car accident at the beginning of the shooting.

“We made this film for you. The honor you, the BAFTA voters, have given means more to us than you can ever imagine,” he said.

The UK awards are typically awarded a week or two before the Oscars and have become a major staging item in the awards season. This year, both the BAFTAs and the Oscars were postponed from their usual berths in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BAFTAs in the Craft and Backstage categories were awarded in a separate ceremony on Saturday when Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won two prizes for costume design and hair and make-up.

Other double winners were “The Father” (best actor and adapted screenplay), “Sound of Metal” (editing and sound), “Promising Young Woman” (British film and original screenplay) and “Soul” (animation film and musical score). .

Director Ang Lee received the academy’s highest award, the BAFTA grant.

Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke received the Outstanding British Entry to the Cinema Award and dedicated it to “my young black boys and girls out there who never believed it could happen to them”.

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