Nominees announced at the BAFTA Film Awards 2021
Nominees were announced this week for the BAFTA Film Awards 2021, and we're thrilled to see nominations for actors who trained at RADA on both our full-time courses and with our Access and Participation projects.
Graduate Ashley Madekwe is nominated for Supporting Actress for her role in County Lines, which also won her a BIFA nomination. The film explores the effects of drug-trafficking in Britain and the impact on one teenager and his family.
Anthony Hopkins gains his seventh BAFTA Film nomination as he is shortlisted for Leading Actor for his role in The Father. The film adaptation of Florian Zeller's play follows an elderly man and his daughter as they deal with his dementia and increasing memory loss, and is nominated for six awards including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.
Also following her nomination at the 2020 BIFAs, graduate Wunmi Mosaku is nominated for Leading Actress for her role in His House. This horror film follows a couple from South Sudan who seek asylum in the UK, but find evil lurking beneath the surface of their new hometown.
Also nominated for Leading Actress is Bukky Bakray, who trained on RADA's Youth Company: Acting in 2019-20, and is a current member of the Originate Actor Training programme run by Theatre Peckham, Young & Talented, Guildhall School and RADA. She is nominated for her title lead role in Rocks, her debut film performance; and for the Rising Star Award, which celebrates new and emerging talents in the acting industry.
Rocks picked up seven BAFTA nominations overall, including Outstanding British Film and Best Casting. The film also features current BA Acting student Raphel Famotibe, and was the debut feature for many cast members. RADA's Access and Participation department have worked with several members of the Rocks cast in the Bridge project, collaborating with creatives on the film and other industry practitioners to provide skills workshops, mentoring, careers advice and wellbeing sessions - all designed to support the young cast's first steps into the industry and beyond.
Congratulations to all the nominees; winners are announced on Sunday 11 April. You can see the full lists of nominees, and vote for the Rising Star Award, on the BAFTA website.