Baftas 2021: First winners announced as Tenet and Sound of Metal score craft awards

First half of two-night Baftas also saw Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Rocks triumph

Adam White@__adamwhite
Saturday 10 April 2021 22:22
<p>Christopher Nolan’s Tenet took home the Bafta for Best Special Visual Effects</p>

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet took home the Bafta for Best Special Visual Effects

The first winners at this year’s Baftas have been announced, with a special Saturday night ceremony awarding a number of technical prizes to films including Tenet.

Tonight (10 April), Clara Amfo hosted a separate precursor event to Sunday’s main Baftas, providing viewers with an in-depth look at some of the biggest films of the past year, as well as awards for major tech categories.

Winners of the casting, costume and sound categories were among the awards announced during the show, which was originally due to feature an appearance by Prince William. The royal backed out due to the death of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Tenet took home the award for Best Special Visual Effects, while Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom took home the Best Costume Design and Best Make Up and Hair awards.

Noel Clarke was also recognised during the show for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.

On Sunday (11 April), all the major winners will be announced in a special ceremony beginning at 7pm on BBC One.

Among the presenters scheduled to appear are James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pedro Pascal, Richard E Grant, Cynthia Erivo and Hugh Grant.

For more information on tomorrow’s ceremony, click here.

Find a full list of tonight’s winners below…

Best Casting

Calm with Horses

Judas and the Black Messiah


Promising Young Woman

Rocks (Winner)

Best Costume Design


The Dig


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Winner)


Best Make Up & Hair

The Dig

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Winner)



Best Production Design

The Dig

The Father

Mank (Winner)

News of the World


Best Sound


News of the World



Sound of Metal (Winner)

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Best Special Visual Effects


The Midnight Sky


The One and Only Ivan

Tenet (Winner)

Best British Short Animation

The Fire Next Time

The Owl and the Pussycat (Winner)

The Song of a Lost Boy

Best British Short Film



Lucky Break

Miss Curvy

The Present (Winner)

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