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Tahar Rahim nominated for BAFTAs, “Nomadland” and “Rocks” films race ahead

With seven nominations each, the films Nomadland and Rocks are in the lead at the Bafta, the British film organization announced on Tuesday (March 9th). The 2021 selection of this British equivalent of the Oscars is much more diverse than that of last year.

France will follow in particular the nominations as best actor of Tahar Rahim for Designated guilty, and in the foreign language film category of the feature film Wretched by Ladj Ly.

Hymn to the glory of modern hippies traveling the United States in their vans, Nomadland by Chinese director Chloé Zhao, triumphed a few days ago at the Golden Globes. At the Baftas, the feature film is nominated in seven categories including that of best film, facing Designated guilty, on a fierce lawyer defending a Mauritanian wrongly accused of terrorism by the United States, The Father with Anthony Hopkins as an old man sinking into dementia, Promising Young Woman, a feminist thriller, and drama Chicago Seven.

Also accumulating seven nominations, the film Rocks by Briton Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Suffragette), follows a 15-year-old London girl abandoned like her younger brother by her mother but supported by her group of friends.

Mank, black and white film about the golden age of Hollywood, Minari, which evokes the story of an American family of South Korean descent in search of a new life in the countryside, The Father and Promising Young Woman each received six nominations.

In 2020, the selection had been criticized for its lack of diversity. The nominations included no non-white actors in the four main categories, and no female director was selected. Since then, the organization has introduced a new ballot in all categories in order to aim for greater diversity in nominations.

This year, four female directors were nominated, a first. In the best actor category appears the French of Algerian origin Tahar Rahim (for Designated Guilty), the British of Pakistani origin Riz Ahmed (for Sound of Metal) or the late black American actor Chadwick Boseman (for My Rainey’s).

French film Wretched, by Ladj Ly, who tells of a police blunder in a sensitive city in Seine-Saint-Denis, awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2019 and the César for best film last year, is nominated in the “foreign language film” category “. Among its competitors, Minari, by American director Lee Isaac Chung, who won the award in this category at the Golden Globes.

The names of the winners will be announced on April 11 in a ceremony organized without an audience, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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