‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ won two gongs on Saturday night (04.10.21) on the opening night of the BAFTA Film Awards.
The acclaimed drama film starring the late Chadwick Boseman won prizes for costume design, makeup and hair ahead of the main event at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night.
This year’s ceremony will be split over two days for the first time. The other winners on the opening evening included the thriller “Tenet”, staged by Christopher Nolan, which claimed the gong “Special Visual Effects”.
Elsewhere, ‘Sound of Metal’ – in which Riz Ahmed appears as a drummer who loses his hearing – won the Sound Award, while ‘Mank’ – the biographical drama film about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of ‘Citizen Kane ‘- claimed the Production Design Award.
The first night of the annual awards ceremony, hosted by Clara Amfo, was mostly focused on technical awards, but Noel Clarke – the Kidulthood and Doctor Who actor – was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award. excellent.
45-year-old Noel, who received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009, sent a strong message with his acceptance speech.
He said, “My trip in this business has been a struggle at times. As I stand here now, I know a lot of the work I’ve done isn’t BAFTA worthy, but I think it’s about the trip. It’s about the times maybe it was worthy and not recognized.
“I stand on the shoulders of giants, I’m not here without the people in front of me, hopefully people will see that I’ve tried to ban changes in the industry.
“This is for the underrepresented who sit at home believing that they can accomplish more. This is especially true for my young black boys and girls out there who never believe this could happen to them.
“I’m so, so grateful for that. Years ago I ended up saying ‘yes we can’ and we still can, it’s just tough so I wanted to end this a little differently. Sometimes you’ll feel like you do it would be unachievable – sometimes you don’t feel good enough – and sometimes you feel that you don’t deserve it – you do. “
During the ceremony, Clara also paid tribute to Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday morning (April 9th, 21st).
The host said: “The Duke was the very first President of BAFTA over 60 years ago and was the first in a series of royal patrons up to the current President of BAFTA, his grandson, the Duke of Cambridge.
“It was the support of Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen over these years that in many ways enabled BAFTA, a premier arts charity, to move on through troubled times and to be here today in 2021 for another stellar year to celebrate the film’s performance. “
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Butt’
Make-up and hair:
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Butt’
“Sound of Metal”
Special visual effects:
British short film:
British short animation:
“The Owl and the Pussycat”