London, Apr 11 (EFE) .- "Nomadland", the film that portrays nomadic life in today's United States, was crowned the winner of the night at the British Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Television Awards ( BAFTA) with four golden masks, imposing his eternal journey down the road to cinema.
The 74th edition of the Bafta Awards, the first virtual gala in history due to the COVID pandemic, took place in a ghostly Royal Albert Hall in London, where in addition to the presenters, Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary, they only attended the British personalities in charge of delivering the awards.
Prince William, president of the Bafta, did not attend either, who suspended his traditional speech due to the recent death of his grandfather, Felipe de Edimburgo, who held the honor of being the first president of the association and whom the Baftas honored within their "In memoriam" with music by Ennio Morricone, who also passed away in the last year.
In an attempt to alleviate the pain of not being able to decorate the architectural jewel that is the Royal Albert Hall and which this year turns 150, the Baftas started with a performance by Liam Payne, former One Direction member, who performed the song " Midnight ", while the phrase" The magic of cinema has transported us anywhere "was projected on the screens.
With the technical awards already handed out in a small ceremony this Saturday, Sunday's gala, which was punctuated by a performance by Celeste, the revelation voice of the British scene, and a short humorous speech by Hugh Grant, got straight to the point.
"Nomadland", which started as the big favorite with seven nominations, fulfilled the forecasts and won the most important awards.
Chloé Zhao's film, which received the awards without much fanfare from her home, won the Baftas for best film, best director, best leading actress and best cinematography.
The landscapes that Frances McDormand travels in her caravan, while showing the harshest face of the passage of time, age and pain, have earned Zhao to be the second woman in history to win a Golden Globe at the best direction, the first Asian to achieve it, and to, in addition to taking these Baftas, get a run in the fight for the Oscars, where "Nomadland" will start with six nominations.
"I have made my teachers at school very proud," joked Zhao, who did not hesitate to thank the nomadic people who accompanied them in filming the film for the award.
"They shared their dreams and frustrations with us. This movie shows that we still have a lot to improve as a society," Zhao said in his speech.
It also started with seven nominations "Rocks", the story about the life of a girl and her brother and how they overcome the abandonment of their mother in an impoverished London neighborhood, but Sarah Gavron's film had to settle for two awards, the Best Casting and Best New Actress for Bukky Bakray.
In the distribution of awards, he was left with two "Soul", for best animated film and best soundtrack; "Sound of Metal", for better sound and better editing; "The father", for best actor and best adapted screenplay; "A Promising Girl", Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay, and "The Mother of the Blues", Best Makeup and Best Costume Design.
Anthony Hopkins gave the surprise in the category of best actor, beating the late Chadwick Boseman, thanks to his role in "The father", while Daniel Kaluuya won the Bafta for best supporting actor for "Judas and the Black Messiah" .
McDormand won the award for best leading actress and will be nominated for her second statuette on April 26, and Yuh-Jung Youn won the award for best supporting actress for "Minari. Story of my family."
After the coldest edition of all those held, the Baftas hope to recover the color and the red carpet by 2022, after a year in which the cinema has been the common thread of the lives of many people and has served to transport all the emotions that, due to the pandemic, have had to stay at home.
Manuel Sanchez Gomez