2021 EE British Academy Film Award Nominations | Nominees’ Reactions

If you’ve not quite checked out the full list of nominees for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards, well then, we can help with that, as the full list is here! There’s a great range of films and talent across the board this year, it’s very good to see, and with that in mind, we’ve got some first reactions of some of the finest talent up for an award, and what they had to say about the nomination for their category, respect to all the people who’ve helped them along the way, the importance of certain films and stories, and what it genuinely means.

The 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards takes place this year, on the weekend of 10 and 11 April!

Riz Ahmed – Leading Actor Nominee for Sound of Metal and Outstanding British Film Nominee for Mogul Mowgli

“Thank you BAFTA for the nominations for Sound of Metal and Mogul Mowgli. Both of these stories are so close to my heart I can’t even explain. We made them against the odds with a lot of love, and to see that love coming back is an incredible feeling. Stories, especially these ones, remind us that even when we feel most alone, we’re in it together – and there’s something that connects us beyond our different or changing circumstances. It’s a message I hope we can hold onto right now.”

“For Sound of Metal – shout out to Darius Marder, Paul Raci, Olivia Cooke, all our cast and crew, my teachers Jeremy Lee Stone, Gregory Berger Sobeck, Guy Licata, Leighton Grant, our producers Sacha & Bert at Caviar, everyone at Ward Four, Vertigo, Protagonist, Amazon – and the members of the Deaf community who welcomed, educated and guided me.”

“For Mogul Mowgli – thank you to Bassam Tariq for your vision, Alyy Khan, Nabhaan Rizwan, Anjana Vasan, Aiysha Hart, Jeff Mirza, Sudha Bhuchar and all our incredible cast, our incredible crew, our producers – Bennett McGhee and Silvertown Films, Michael Peay, Eva Yates and everyone at BBC Film, Thomas & Dimitra and everyone at Pulse Films, Cinereach, Suroosh & Vice Media, Ryot Films and BFI Distribution.”

Daniel Kaluuya – Supporting Actor, Judas And The Black Messiah

“I am incredibly grateful to the BAFTA Membership for nominating me in recognition of my performance as Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah.  Thus far, there has been no greater responsibility in my career than to honour the legacy of such a revolutionary human being.  Chairman Fred Hampton was a unifier, a man who committed his life to empowering the marginalized and oppressed communities, whilst always serving, loving and uplifting the black community in the city of Chicago.”

“It has been over 50 years since Chairman Fred’s assassination, yet his teachings and ideas are ubiquitous within numerous social constructs today and will stand the test of time if we continue his mission to embrace one another with unconditional love, compassion, empathy and respect.  I am forever indebted to our producers Ryan Coolger and Charles King, our fearless captain Shaka King, the extraordinary cast, our tireless crew and most especially, Chairman Fred Hampton’s son, Chairman Fred Jr. and Mama Akua Njeri – they were our guiding light every step of the way and it’s with their blessing that we were able to illuminate Chairman Fred Hampton’s truth and his spirit.”

Leslie Odom Jr. – Supporting Actor, One Night in Miami

“I have been so moved by so much of the work included on the list this morning! I am grateful to the BAFTAs for my inclusion. Thank you! A year spent mostly home-bound, has been punctuated, sweetened, undergirded by motion pictures. I am thankful for the stories and the storytellers this morning. I am very grateful for my spot amongst them.” 

Paul Raci – Supporting Actor, Sound of Metal

“I am so happy! I am deeply, deeply grateful to BAFTA, my dear brother Darius Marder and Riz Ahmed. Thank you to the entire Sound of Metal Team.” 

Clarke Peters – Supporting Actor, Da 5 Bloods

“To be nominated for this award, in such a landmark film, doubles my gratitude. Thank you BAFTA, Netflix, Spike and the 5 BLOODS.”

Dominique Fishback  Supporting Actress, Judas And The Black Messiah

“So, I’m sitting here nominated for my first BAFTA Award for Supporting Actress! I kind of don’t know what to do with myself. I am profoundly honored because this film and these people mean the world to me. Deborah Johnson is a role that has transformed my ability to love and be loved. Thank you to the British Academy for this nomination because it reinforces the notion that presence doesn’t always have to be loud to be worth hearing. I’m so appreciative. I want to thank Mama Akua formerly known as Deborah Johnson for her -body shielding- revolutionary love and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. for trusting us with such a legacy. Chairman Fred deserved more, and my cast and crew are forever honored to shed light on his work and the work of the Black Panther Party. Thank you to our director Shaka King, as well our dream team producers Charles King, Ryan Coogler and Zinzi Coogler. Thank you also to Niija Kuykendall and Warner Bros.”

Jasmila Žbanić – Director and Film Not in the English Language, Quo Vadis, Aida?

“I am honoured and grateful that members of BAFTA, colleagues that I respect so much, voted for Quo Vadis, Aida?  Thank you! All the producers, members of our team, amazing actors, writers, as well as the people of Bosnia, are extremely happy with these nominations. I would like to thank friends in UK who shone light on the film, as well as our distributor Curzon who provided a chance for people to see it. I hope more people will watch our film and more people will remember Srebrenica.”

Thomas Vinterberg – Director, Original Screenplay and Film Not in the English Language, Another Round 

“I’ve made some films over the years, but none of them have meant so much to me as this one. During a long journey like this, it matters most to be surrounded by great collaborators who are also great friends. My actors, Mads, my co-writer Tobias, my producers, the amazing behind the scene talent, were all on this journey with me and gave all they had.” 

“Thank you so much BAFTA on behalf of all of us, for recognizing Another Round. I hope that it will inspire others to embrace the precious life they have been given, and acknowledge that we all have a second chance.”

Sir David Attenborough – Documentary, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

“Sir David and the production team are honoured to receive a nomination for the BAFTA Film Award for Documentary.  This was a particularly important film to all involved, and we are delighted that it has become valued by so many around the world.”

Pete Docter, Dana Murray, Kemp Powers – Animated Film, Soul

“Being recognized by BAFTA today is such an honor. During these challenging times, knowing that Soul has been so well-received around the world is more fulfilling than you can imagine. In our film, Joe Gardner learns to celebrate the every day wonder of the world, and that’s something that feels especially important right now. Knowing that BAFTA has acknowledged our work is an incredible endorsement of that message, and for that we are truly thankful.”

Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae – Animated Film, Onward

“We couldn’t be more humbled that BAFTA has honored our film. Onward is very personal on many levels, so it’s incredibly meaningful to see how it has resonated with audiences. We couldn’t have made the film without help from so many people, and it’s moments like this that the talents and efforts of our cast and crew deserve to be highlighted.  Everyone who worked on Onward brought their best to make this story of family and love shine brighter than we could have ever hoped, and for that we are so thankful.”

Chloé Zhao, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey – Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actress, Cinematography, Editing and Sound, Nomadland

“We are thrilled Nomadland has been recognized by BAFTA and its members — In a year when we have all been separated and movies felt like one of the few things that held us all together, we are proud to be recognized for a film about resilience, community and what connects us.  Thank you for acknowledging all the hearts and hands who came together to make Nomadland, you honor us all with these nominations.”

“We are also so pleased by the recognition of our company member Michael Wolf Snyder for the artistry and magic he brought to the sound work on Nomadland, especially in light of his tragic passing last week. Thank you for this kindness”

Ashley Madekwe – Supporting Actress, County Lines

“I’m honoured, humbled and absolutely thrilled to be recognised alongside these wonderful performances. I’ll forever be grateful to Henry Blake for giving me the gift of playing Toni. Everybody who worked on County Lines gave their heart and soul and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

Bukky Bakray – Leading Actress and EE Rising Star, Rocks

“This was really unexpected, don’t really know how to feel but it’s beautiful. All the nominees are stellar. I’m so happy for Rocks and I’m so happy for everyone who broke their back for this film. From the parents of all the actors to the crew members. Thank you BAFTA for seeing me in a crowded industry!”

Join us on the weekend of 10 and 11 April to find out the winners of the awards, including the EE Rising Star Award – the only one voted by the public.

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