BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2021
Aaron Sorkin’s star-packed courtroom drama The Trial Of The Chicago 7 feels like the solid, but unexciting choice, while The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins, perhaps loses votes for being based on a stage play. That leaves US indie Nomadland as the likeliest winner – ahead of rivals Promising Young Woman and Guantanamo Bay drama The Mauritanian. WILL WIN Nomadland
SHOULD WIN Nomadland
Nomadland’s Frances Mcdormand leads the pack, playing a widow with a nomadic lifestyle. Bukky Bakray in Rocks would be the feel-good win.
ALSO NOMINATED: Radha Blank (The Forty-year-old Version), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman), Wunmi Mosaku (His House) and Alfre Woodard (Clemency). WILL WIN Frances Mcdormand
SHOULD WIN Vanessa Kirby
The late Chadwick Boseman looks set to win the Oscar for Ma Rainey…, but home advantage could help Riz Ahmed, so good as a drummer who loses his hearing in Sound Of Metal, or The Father’s Anthony Hopkins.
ALSO NOMINATED: Adarsh Gourav (The White Tiger), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round) and Tahar Rahim (The Mauritanian). WILL WIN Riz Ahmed
SHOULD WIN Tahar Rahim
Maria Bakalova won hearts as Tutar in the new Borat film – but so did the charismatic Kosar Ali in Rocks, and Yuh-jung Youn as the eccentric gran in Minari.
ALSO NOMINATED: Niamh Algar (Calm With Horses), Dominique Fishback (Judas And The Black Messiah) and Ashley Medekwe (County Lines). WILL WIN Kosar Ali
SHOULD WIN Kosar Ali
Daniel Kaluuya looks unstoppable as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah, edging out Leslie Odom Jr in One Night In Miami and Paul Raci in Sound Of Metal.
ALSO NOMINATED: Alan Kim (Minari), Barry Keoghan (Calm With Horses) and Clarke Peters (Da 5 Bloods). WILL WIN Daniel Kaluuya
SHOULD WIN Daniel Kaluuya