Director Chole Zhao’s meditative drama depicted in her Hollywood movie ‘Nomadland’ emerged as a winner at the 74th British Academy Awards popularly known as BAFTA Film Awards 2021 by garnering four major awards, including the Best Film.
At the event Oscar equivalent in Britain, it was named as the best film beating the likes of ‘The trial of the Chicago 7’ by Aaron Sorkin and much acclaimed ‘Promising Young Woman’. Film maker Zhao was named as the Best Director and Frances McDormand won the Best Actress award. The Director was also only the second woman to get the felicitation after Kathryn Bigelow who won the award in 2010 for ‘The Hurt Locker’. The film, a tale of itinerant Americans, living in vans and moving through picturesque landscapes, seeking temporary jobs to make their ends meet, was highly acclaimed by critics for its delicate and incisive portray of a nomadic life of people. The film also took the award for Best Cinematography. The legendary octogenarian actor Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor award for his iconic performance as a patient coping with dementia portrayed in ‘The Father’. Moreover, the award also paid tribute to Prince Philip who served the organization as its first president. By outplaying others and garnering four awards at the BAFTA, the film is consolidating its chances as the frontrunner at the Oscars.