How to Watch the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards: Stream the BAFTAs

Awards season is finally upon us, and for the British film industry the BAFTAs are the cream of the crop. Whilst UK viewers will be able to watch along on BBC One, viewers from other countries may not have the same luxury. 

Fortunately, we’ve investigated to find out exactly how all viewers can tune in, no matter where they are in the world. We have detailed the same for The Oscars. 

The nominations show Nomadland and Rocks leading the pack, with both films being up for seven awards each. The Father, Mank, Minari and Promising Young Woman are all just behind with six nominations. 

When are the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards?

The 2021 BAFTA Film Awards will be held across two days on Saturday 10 April and Sunday 11 April 2021. The event will still be live from London’s Royal Albert Hall as usual, but no audience will be present due to the coronavirus.

The show will be aired live on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK. It’s also likely to be aired later on TV – instead of being aired live, an edited version is usually broadcast later that evening in order to shorten the runtime.

Which channel are the BAFTAs on?

If you’re in the UK, the easiest way to watch the BAFTAs is simply on the BBC, which will be televising coverage of the ceremony on both nights. 

BBC Two will broadcast the first night, in which eight winners will be revealed. This evening will also showcase some behind-the-scenes footage of the nominees. BBC One will then broadcast the second night, where the remaining 17 winners will be unveiled.  

The BBC coverage will likely last for around two hours, and will focus on the awards ceremony itself – though you’ll be able to watch red carpet arrivals on the BAFTA website and on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (search ‘BAFTA’) and YouTube channels.

The BAFTA website has confirmed the international channels that will be broadcasting the ceremony live, but the list does not include the United States. However, we do know one sure fire method that will work, no matter where you are in the world. 

How to watch the BAFTAs online

If you’re in the UK and pay the licence fee, the easiest way to watch the BAFTAs online will be through BBC iPlayer, which you can use to watch BBC One live.

This will also be the best way to watch the awards live if you’re outside the US. You’ll want to use a VPN like NordVPN or ExpressVPN, currently our recommended VPNs for iPlayer, which will let you browse as if you’re based in the UK, and access iPlayer as normal.

You can also take a look at our list of recommended free VPN’s, but the limited server options will make streaming quite difficult. 

As always, bear in mind that this is breaking the BBC’s terms of service, so proceed at your own risk. You’ll also need to set up a free iPlayer account, which requires a valid UK postcode.

Who is hosting the BAFTA Awards?

There will be a few hosts for the 74th British Academy Film Awards. The first night will be hosted by Clara Amfo, and the second night will be hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary. 

Who are the BAFTA nominees?

All the short lists for the BAFTAs have now been revealed – you can take a look below:

Best film

The FatherThe MauritanianNomadlandPromising Young WomanThe Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding British film

Calm With HorsesThe DigThe FatherHis HouseLimboThe MauritanianMogul MowgliPromising Young WomanRocksSaint Maud

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

His House – Remi Weekes (writer/director)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]

Best film not in the English language

Another RoundDear Comrades!Les MisérablesMinariQuo Vadis, Aida?

Best documentary

CollectiveDavid Attenborough: A Life on Our PlanetThe DissidentMy Octopus TeacherThe Social Dilemma

Best animated film


Best director

Thomas Vinterberg, Another RoundShannon Murphy, BabyteethLee Isaac Chung, MinariChloé Zhao, NomadlandJasmila Žbanić, Quo Vadis, Aida?Sarah Gavron, Rocks

Best original screenplay

Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg, Another RoundJack Fincher, MankEmerald Fennell, Promising Young WomanTheresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson, RocksAaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best adapted screenplay

Moira Buffini, The DigChristopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, The FatherRory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, MB Traven, The MauritanianChloé Zhao, NomadlandRamin Bahrani, The White Tiger

Best actress

Bukky Bakray, RocksRadha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old VersionVanessa Kirby, Pieces of a WomanFrances McDormand, NomadlandWunmi Mosaku, His HouseAlfre Woodard, Clemency

Best actor

Riz Ahmed, Sound of MetalChadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black BottomAdarsh Gourav, The White TigerAnthony Hopkins, The FatherMads Mikkelsen, Another RoundTahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best supporting actress

Niamh Algar, Calm With HorsesKosar Ali, RocksMaria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent MoviefilmDominique Fishback, Judas and the Black MessiahAshley Madekwe, County LinesYuh-jung Youn, Minari

Best supporting actor

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black MessiahBarry Keoghan, Calm With HorsesAlan Kim, MinariLeslie Odom Jr, One Night in MiamiClarke Peters, Da 5 BloodsPaul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best original score

MankMinariNews of the WorldPromising Young WomanSoul

Best casting

Calm With HorsesJudas and the Black MessiahMinariPromising Young WomanRocks

Best cinematography

Judas and the Black MessiahMankThe MauritanianNews of the WorldNomadland

Best editing

The FatherNomadlandPromising Young WomanSound of MetalThe Trial of the Chicago 7

Best production design

The DigThe FatherMankNews of the WorldRebecca

Best costume design

AmmoniteThe DigEmma.Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMank

Best make up and hair

The DigHillbilly ElegyMa Rainey’s Black BottomMankPinocchio

Best sound

GreyhoundNews of the WorldNomadlandSoulSound of Metal

Best special visual effects

GreyhoundThe Midnight SkyMulanThe One and Only IvanTenet

Best British short animation

The Fire Next TimeThe Owl and the PussycatThe Song of a Lost Boy

Best British short film

EyelashLizardLucky BreakMiss CurvyThe Present

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)

Bukky BakrayKingsley Ben-AdirMorfydd ClarkṢọpẹ DìrísùConrad Khan

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