BAFTA 2021 Film Awards: Prince Philip remembered as first Academy president in tribute

The British Film Academy has paid tribute to the late Prince Philip during Sunday’s star-studded Awards ceremony. 

Hosts Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman read a touching message which explained that the royal had a ‘very special place in BAFTA history’ after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965. 

Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on Friday and his grandson the Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the academy’s current president.

Dermot, 47, started the tribute saying: ‘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 royal patron, a line that goes all the way through to BAFTA’s current president, his grandson the Duke of Cambridge. 

Edith, 47, then paid her respects and continued: ‘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. 

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

Touching: The British Film Academy has paid tribute to the late Prince Philip during Sunday's star-studded Awards ceremony (pictured hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary)

Touching: The British Film Academy has paid tribute to the late Prince Philip during Sunday's star-studded Awards ceremony (pictured hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary)

Touching: The British Film Academy has paid tribute to the late Prince Philip during Sunday’s star-studded Awards ceremony (pictured hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary)

Honouring him: Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on Friday and his grandson the Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the academy's current president

Honouring him: Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on Friday and his grandson the Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the academy's current president

Honouring him: Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on Friday and his grandson the Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the academy’s current president

Clara Amfo also took a moment to pay tribute to the late Prince Philip during the first night of the BAFTAs on Saturday.

Speaking directly to the camera, Clara read out the same tribute as Sunday’s hosts and honoured the late Duke’s contribution to the academy.  

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

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

Involved: Host Dermot O'Leary read a message which explained that the royal had a 'very special place in BAFTA history' after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965

Involved: Host Dermot O'Leary read a message which explained that the royal had a 'very special place in BAFTA history' after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965

Involved: Host Dermot O’Leary read a message which explained that the royal had a ‘very special place in BAFTA history’ after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965

Important: Edith added that the Prince's support  'throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times'

Important: Edith added that the Prince's support  'throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times'

Important: Edith added that the Prince’s support  ‘throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times’

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. 

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

The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA’s first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life. 

Prince Philip was named president in 1959, one year after the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors merged to create the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA), a forerunner of BAFTA.

He was also present at the official opening of BAFTA’s headquarters in London, after he and the Queen gave their share of the profits from the 1969 documentary Royal Family to the SFTA.

In action: Prince Philip is seen presenting an award to British actor and producer Richard Attenborough at the 16th British Academy Film Awards in London on 8th May 1963

In action: Prince Philip is seen presenting an award to British actor and producer Richard Attenborough at the 16th British Academy Film Awards in London on 8th May 1963

In action: Prince Philip is seen presenting an award to British actor and producer Richard Attenborough at the 16th British Academy Film Awards in London on 8th May 1963

Support: Even after his tenure as president ended, Prince Philip supported the academy (he is pictured presenting the Best British Actress award to Leslie Caron at the awards in May 1963)

Support: Even after his tenure as president ended, Prince Philip supported the academy (he is pictured presenting the Best British Actress award to Leslie Caron at the awards in May 1963)

Support: Even after his tenure as president ended, Prince Philip supported the academy (he is pictured presenting the Best British Actress award to Leslie Caron at the awards in May 1963)

Throwback: The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA's first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life (pictured in 1976 with Princess Anne and the Queen at the Royal Opening of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts)

Throwback: The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA's first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life (pictured in 1976 with Princess Anne and the Queen at the Royal Opening of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts)

Throwback: The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA’s first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life (pictured in 1976 with Princess Anne and the Queen at the Royal Opening of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts)

The 2021 BAFTAs saw Frances McDormand win the leading actress gong for her role in Nomadland while Anthony Hopkins was named as best actor for The Father.

Other winners on the night included Daniel Kaluuya as supporting actor in Judas and the Black Messiah and Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn in the supporting actress category for film Minari. 

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, another change will take place this year: the BAFTAs will happen in two parts.

Not appearing: The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from the BAFTA awards coverage following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday (together in 2015)

Not appearing: The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from the BAFTA awards coverage following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday (together in 2015)

Not appearing: The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from the BAFTA awards coverage following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday (together in 2015)

Both shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London’s Royal Albert Hall. The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards. 

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.

Past appearance: The Duke of Cambridge (pictured at the BAFTA's in 2020) was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year

Past appearance: The Duke of Cambridge (pictured at the BAFTA's in 2020) was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year

Past appearance: The Duke of Cambridge (pictured at the BAFTA’s in 2020) was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year

BAFTA 2021 WINNERS

LEADING ACTRESS 

BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks

RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version

VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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) – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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 – WINNER

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić

ROCKS Sarah Gavron

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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 Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Warren Shaw and David Wyman

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

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 – WINNER

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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 – WINNER

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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 – WINNER

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

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH CINEMA

Noel Clarke

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP

Ang Lee 

 

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