BAFTA Awards 2021: nominations, first winners, who’s presenting - and how can I watch second night of ceremony?

This year’s awards are taking place at the Royal Albert Hall over two nights

The 2021 BAFTA Awards are taking place in a largely virtual ceremony, with nominees accepting awards online, and presenters appearing in person at the Royal Albert Hall.

The ceremony will feature awards, live musical performances, and exclusive footage from upcoming films due to be released in cinemas this year.

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Amongst the nominees are Nomadland, The Father, Mank, Promising Young Woman, and Rocks.

The 2021 BAFTA Awards will be televised on BBC One on Sunday 11 April, at 7:00pm (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Here’s all you need to know about the BAFTA Awards 2021.

How to watch the BAFTA Awards 2021?

The 2021 BAFTA Awards will be televised on BBC One on Sunday 11 April, at 7:00pm.

The ceremony will last two hours.

Who’s presenting?

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.

Amongst the host of stars presenting awards from the Royal Albert Hall are Hugh Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Cynthia Erivo and Richard E Grant.

Actresses Andra Day, Anna Kendrick, Renee Zellweger and Rose Byrne will also present from a studio in Los Angeles.

Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, had been due to appear virtually to deliver a speech. However, this was withdrawn following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip, who was the organisation’s first president, on Friday (9 April).

BAFTA said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, whose close association with the academy spanned over 60 years."

Who’s nominated?

Leading the pack with seven nominations each are Nomadland and British indie drama Rocks followed by The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman, which all have six.

The shortlist for best film award features The Father, The Mauritanian, Promising Young Woman and The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

The best director category features a record four women shortlisted for best director, including Nomadland's Chloe Zhao, are Shannon Murphy for her film Babyteeth.

The nominees for the EE Rising Star Award for up-and-coming talent are Rocks' Bukky Bakray, One Night In Miami's Kingsley Ben-Adir, Saint Maud's Morfydd Clark and His House's Sope Dirisu.

Following criticism over diversity in 2020 and previous award ceremonies, the acting category features a majority of nominees from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. Amongst the nominees are British stars Riz Ahmed, Wunmu Mosaku and Daniel Kaluuya.

Frances McDormand is nominated for Leading actress for her role in Nomadland, and British actress Venessa Kirby is nominated for her performance in Pieces Of A Woman.

The BAFTA fellowship award will be given to director Ang Lee, who is best known for his films Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Life Of Pi.

Noel Clarke wins on night one of BAFTAs

Night one of the 2021 BAFTA Awards took place on Saturday (10 April) evening, with several of the awards being handed out.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has won two prizes on the first night of the Bafta Film Awards. The film stars Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman as members of a 1920s blues band.

Doctor Who, Kidulthood and Bulletproof actor Noel Clarke was presented with the outstanding British contribution to cinema award.

Clarke dedicated the award to "my young black boys and girls out there that never believed it could happen to them".

Other winners included Rocks, a low-budget British film starring a group of teenage girls, many of whom had not acted before; Christopher Nolan's thriller Tenet; and Mank, in which Gary Oldman plays Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz.