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Clara Amfo looks chic as she takes to the red carpet at the BAFTA awards

Clara Amfo looks chic as she takes to the red carpet at the BAFTA awards

She’s known for spinning the decks on her mid-morning show at BBC Radio 1. 

And Clara Amfo looked chic in a stylish blue suit as she took to the red carpet at the opening night of the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.

The host, 36, also paid tribute to Prince Philip, who was BAFTA’s first president back in 1959, saying he had a ‘very special place’ in the academy’s history and his support had helped them ‘continue in difficult times’.

Strike a pose: Clara Amfo looked effortlessly chic as she took to the red carpet at the opening night of the BAFTA film awards in a stylish blue suit on Saturday evening

Clara looked radiant as she smiled in the chic ensemble with her hands over her stomach. 

She paired the vibrant outfit with a pair of monochrome open-toed heels and an intricate T-bar gold necklace. 

The radio host wore her long tresses swept away from her face and cascading to one side. 

With her ears on display, Clara decorated her lobes with a pair of gorgeous pearl drop earrings.  

Looking good: The presenter, 36, accessorised her bright suit with a gold necklace and stunning drop earrings

Looking good: The presenter, 36, accessorised her bright suit with a gold necklace and stunning drop earrings

Before kicking off the evening’s award announcements, Clara took a moment to pay tribute to the late Prince Philip who passed away on Friday at the age of 99.

Speaking directly to the camera, Clara explained that the royal had a ‘very special place in BAFTA history’ after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965.

She said: ‘Before we start tonight we want to say that on behalf of BAFTA, we are extremely saddened by the passing of his royal highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday.

‘The Duke was BAFTA’s very first president over 60 years ago and was the first of a line of royal patronage all the way through to BAFTA’s current president, his grandson the Duke of Cambridge.

Strike a pose: Clara Amfo looked effortlessly chic as she took to the red carpet at the opening night of the BAFTA film awards in a stylish blue suit on Saturday evening

Strike a pose: Clara Amfo looked effortlessly chic as she took to the red carpet at the opening night of the BAFTA film awards in a stylish blue suit on Saturday evening

The wait is over! Nine awards were announced during Saturday night's event, including the winners of the makeup, casting and production design categories

The wait is over! Nine awards were announced during Saturday night’s event, including the winners of the makeup, casting and production design categories

Honouring him: Clara also paid tribute to Prince Philip who died on Friday at the age of 99 during the opening night, saying he had a 'very special place' in the academy's history

Honouring him: Clara also paid tribute to Prince Philip who died on Friday at the age of 99 during the opening night, saying he had a ‘very special place’ in the academy’s history

‘It was Prince Philip and her Majesty the Queen’s support throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times and to be here today in 2021 celebrating another outstanding year of achievement in film.

‘The Duke of Edinburgh occupies a very special place in BAFTA history and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with the royal family.’ 

Prince Philip died on Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

Current BAFTA President Prince William was due to be making an appearance on both Saturday and Sunday, however will no longer be featuring in the event.

He was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year.

BAFTA said in a statement: ‘In light of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, the Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend. 

Glowing: Clara looked radiant as she smiled in the chic suit with her hands over her stomach

Glowing: Clara looked radiant as she smiled in the chic suit with her hands over her stomach

‘Our thoughts are with the royal family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time’. 

Clara is hosting this year’s BAFTA’s with the film critic Rhianna Dhillon, who joined her on the red carpet. 

The Guru Podcast host looked stunning in a black floaty-sleeved dress with a cute embroidered flower pattern across the chest. Rhianna posed cheerfully at the cameras and had decorated her smile with a vibrant pink lipstick.  

She wore her hair in glamorous bouncy curls and kept her jewellery minimal with some subtle earrings and a collection of thin rings on her hands. 

The Thick of It Star Joanna Scanlon, 59, also attended to host the opening night event and posed for the cameras as she arrived. 

Opting for understated chic, she donned an all black ensemble with peep toe stilettos. 

Nine awards were announced on Saturday night, including Special Visual Effects which went to Tenet and Production Design which saw Mank awarded for its efforts. 

Congratulations: Noel Clarke was given the Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema award

Congratulations: Noel Clarke was given the Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema award

Well deserved: The star, 45, who directed as well as starred in the Kidulthood series of films, looked dapper in a black suit and white shirt

Well deserved: The star, 45, who directed as well as starred in the Kidulthood series of films, looked dapper in a black suit and white shirt

Impressive: Clara was seen chatting to Noel as they ensured to maintain a social distance during the ceremony

Career: The star, who directed as well as starred in the Kidulthood series of films, looked dapper in a black suit and white shirt

Impressive: Clara was seen chatting to Noel as they ensured to maintain a social distance during the ceremony

In her element: Clara exuded confidence as she opened the envelopes and revealed winners

In her element: Clara exuded confidence as she opened the envelopes and revealed winners

Having fun: The beauty put on an animated display as she chatted during the evening

Having fun: The beauty put on an animated display as she chatted during the evening

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom received two gongs in the Make Up and Hair and Costume Design categories. While Sound of Metal came out on top in the Sound category and Lucy Pardee won the Casting award for Rocks. 

The Present took home the gong for Best Short Film while The Owl And The Pusstcat won in the British Short Animation category.

Actor Noel Clarke, 45, was also awarded the Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema gong and could not stop smiling as he showed off his trophy.

The star, who played Mickey Smith in Doctor Who and directed as well as starred in the Kidulthood series of films, looked dapper in a black suit and white shirt. 

Details of the Covid-safe two-day virtual ceremony were released by BAFTA on Thursday. 

A-list presenters for the main event on Sunday will include Phoebe Dynevor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones.  

BAFTA Duo: Clara is hosting this year's BAFTA's with the film critic Rhianna Dhillon, who joined her on the red carpet

BAFTA Duo: Clara is hosting this year’s BAFTA’s with the film critic Rhianna Dhillon, who joined her on the red carpet

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Pedro Pascal and Jonathan Pryce will also be making an appearance. 

That’s not all, though, as A-list stars like Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée will tune in from Los Angeles to present the show.

There will also be a number of musical guests at the ceremony, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time across mobile handsets across the UK on Sunday.

It was announced that the performance will give fans their first experience of the former One Direction star’s AR Avatar, which will be broadcast via EE’s 5G network as a hologram on Sunday night.   

Strike a pose: The Thick of It Star Joanna Scanlon, 59, also attended the opening night event and posed for the cameras as she arrived

Strike a pose: The Thick of It Star Joanna Scanlon, 59, also attended the opening night event and posed for the cameras as she arrived

Chic: Opting for understated chic, she donned an all black ensemble with peep toe stilettos

Chic: Opting for understated chic, she donned an all black ensemble with peep toe stilettos

Liam will not be alone, as Celeste will sing her nominated track Hear My Voice, while Leslie Odom Jr. will duet with Corinne Bailey Rae for the song A Change is Gonna Come from his film One Night In Miami.   

The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy’s film ceremonies to be held virtually.

The TV version of the awards show took place online during summer 2020, but last year’s film ceremony managed to go ahead a month before the Covid pandemic forced the UK into lockdown. 

With the pandemic still raging, the BAFTAs is happening in two parts for the first time this year. 

The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards. 

Eight gongs will be awarded by Clara Amfo at the Saturday event, while the remaining nine will be dished out at the main event on Sunday. 

Star-studded: There will also be a number of musical guests, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time on Sunday

Star-studded: There will also be a number of musical guests, including Liam Payne who will sing in an AR music performance that will be played live and in real time on Sunday

Safety measures: With the pandemic still raging, the BAFTAs is happening in two parts for the first time this year

Safety measures: With the pandemic still raging, the BAFTAs is happening in two parts for the first time this year 

Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman from London’s Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present.

Both programmes are being broadcast in all major territories around the world and a total of 50 feature films received nominations this year.

Presenters will appear during the ceremony from both London and Los Angeles, but all nominees will accept their prizes virtually in front of a virtual audience watching from home.

Among the prizes announced on the second night will be the public-voted EE Rising Star Award and the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest honour. 

Presenting gig: Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman from London's Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present

Presenting gig: Show two is to be fronted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman from London’s Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present

BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards’ 74-year history. 

In a first for BAFTA, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.

As part of BAFTA’s pledge to support fresh talent, four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories, with first-time nominees accounting for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories. 

British talent is rife in 2021, with the Outstanding British Film category increasing from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film.

Of the difficult times the awards and creative industries have had during the past 12 months – which saw a total shut-down of TV and film production across the world – BAFTA’s Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: ‘The last year has seen the Covid-19 pandemic impact everyone, and the film industry is no exception.

‘I would like to thank all those who have supported us and enabled BAFTA to continue to celebrate the very best work in film, from our members who embraced the changes we made to the voting process to the distributors for ensuring that many more films were available for online viewing. 

BAFTA 2021 NOMINATIONS

LEADING ACTRESS 

BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks

RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version

VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland

WUNMI MOSAKU His House

ALFRE WOODARD Clemency  

LEADING ACTOR 

RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal

CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ADARSH GOURAV The White Tiger

ANTHONY HOPKINS The Father

MADS MIKKELSEN Another Round

TAHAR RAHIM The Mauritanian

BEST FILM 

THE FATHER Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt

THE MAURITANIAN TBC

NOMADLAND Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Stuart Besser, Marc Platt

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)

LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]

MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen

DEAR COMRADES! Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov

LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Ly

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich

DIRECTOR 

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg

BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić

ROCKS Sarah Gavron

 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani

CASTING 

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel

MINARI Julia Kim

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu

ROCKS Lucy Pardee – WINNER

EDITING 

THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten

COSTUME DESIGN

AMMONITE Michael O’Connor

THE DIG Alice Babidge

EMMA. Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth – WINNER

MANK Trish Summerville 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf – WINNER

THE SONG OF A LOST BOY Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein

BRITISH SHORT FILM

EYELASH Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman

LIZARD Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies

LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja

MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy

THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi – WINNER

SOUND

GREYHOUND TBC

NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney

NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder

SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker

SOUND OF METAL Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc – WINNER

 

 

 

 

See Also

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

NIAMH ALGAR Calm With Horses

KOSAR ALI Rocks

MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah

ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines

YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah

BARRY KEOGHAN Calm With Horses

ALAN KIM Minari

LESLIE ODOM JR. One Night in Miami…

CLARKE PETERS Da 5 Bloods

PAUL RACI Sound of Metal

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 

CALM WITH HORSES Nick Rowland, Daniel Emmerson, Joe Murtagh

THE DIG Simon Stone, Gabrielle Tana, Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Florian Zeller, Philippe Carcassone, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christopher Hampton

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes, Martin Gentles, Edward Kings, Roy Lee

LIMBO Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont

THE MAURITANIAN Kevin Macdonald, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

MOGUL MOWGLI Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara

ROCKS Sarah Gavron, Ameenah Ayub Allen, Faye Ward, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass, Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman

DOCUMENTARY 

COLLECTIVE Alexander Nanau

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey

THE DISSIDENT Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray

WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young

 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

MANK Jack Fincher

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin

ORIGINAL SCORE 

MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

MINARI Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis

SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt

MANK Erik Messerschmidt

THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler

NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone

MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale – WINNER

NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan

REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

MAKE UP & HAIR

THE DIG Jenny Shircore

HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal – WINNER

MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams

PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt

THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David Watkins

MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher

TENET Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley    – WINNER

 


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