Ma Rainey’s Unlit Bottom emerged as the enormous winner on the opening night of the Bafta movie awards, which additionally marked the death of the academy’s ragged president the Duke of Edinburgh.
The movie about trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey, conducted by Viola Davis, scooped two gongs – costume make and hair and construct-up, with diverse winners including Mank, Rocks and Tenet.
This yr’s awards are being handed out over two nights in largely virtual ceremonies, with in the aid of the camera classes, including casting and construct-up, announced on Saturday.
Clara Amfo and Rhianna Dhillon hosted from an empty Royal Albert Hall in London and were joined by actress Joanna Scanlan.
Amfo kicked off the evening with a tribute to Philip, who became Bafta’s first president in 1959, following his death on Friday extinct 99.
“It used to be Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen’s enhance in the direction of those years that in a lot of how allowed Bafta, a number one charity in the arts, to continue in sophisticated cases and to be right here this day in 2021 celebrating one other excellent yr of success in movie,” she acknowledged.
Philip, who died extinct 99 on Friday, became Bafta’s first president in 1959, one yr after the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors merged to put the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA), a forerunner of Bafta.
Coming-of-age drama Rocks used to be the foremost winner of the night with Lucy Pardee securing the Bafta for casting.
Costume make and hair and construct-up each and every then went to Ma Rainey’s Unlit Bottom, earlier than Mank won the gong for production make.
Christopher Nolan’s time-bending thriller Tenet picked up the Bafta for special visual results, while the finest sound prize went to The Sound Of Steel, a couple of drummer who loses his hearing.
Actor, author and director Noel Clarke used to be additionally recognised with the excellent British contribution to cinema award, which he devoted to “my younger gloomy ladies and boys accessible that below no circumstances believed it can perchance happen to them”.
The designate additionally featured an impassioned efficiency from supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr of Converse Now from his movie One Night In Miami.
Hussain Manawer, who appears in nominated movie Prosperous person Mowgli, later conducted a chunk of poetry encompassing this yr’s nominated movies from Blenheim Palace.
The Duke of Cambridge, who’s president of Bafta, used to be as a consequence of function in a pre-recorded conversation with costume clothier Jenny Beavan and construct-up and hair clothier Sharon Martin, however withdrew following the the death of his grandfather. The published as a consequence of this reality started an hour later than scheduled.
The principle ceremony on Sunday will seemingly be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman, when the remaining 17 awards will seemingly be presented and director Ang Lee will seemingly be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will air at 7pm on BBC One on April 11.