How to watch this year’s BAFTA-winning films

After what we can all agree has been quite the year, it was truly a delight to see the BAFTA Film Awards return to our screens last night to celebrate some of the greatest filmmaking talent seen in 2020. But in a year where release dates are in a constant state of flux – with some films opting instead for a release on streaming platforms – it can be difficult to keep track of where you can watch this year’s winners.

But never fear – we’ve done the hard work for you and presented all the information you need in this simple list!

As we’ve already mentioned – release dates and platforms are often changing at the moment, so all information in this list is correct as of Monday 12th April 2021.


WINNER: Best Film, Director, Leading Actress & Cinematography

From Chloé Zhao (director of The Rider and Marvel’s upcoming The Eternals), Nomadland sees Frances McDormand return to the screen as a woman in her sixties who turns to a nomadic lifestyle after the death of her husband and losing everything during the Great Recession.

Despite a release in the United States earlier this year, the film hasn’t yet had a full release over here. It was recently confirmed that the film will release on 30th April via Disney+, where the film will be included within the subscription price at no extra charge, as well as later being released in cinemas from 17th May.

Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Outstanding British Film & Original Screenplay

Starring Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me GoAn Education), black comedy Promising Young Woman is the feature-length directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, who was last seen at the helm of Season 2 of Killing Eve.

The film was originally scheduled for a cinematic release this time last year, however… well, you know the rest. After a successful theatrical release in the US late last year, the film has finally been confirmed to launch in the UK digitally on Sky Cinema on 16th April, with the film also being available via NOW’s Sky Cinema membership from the same date.

His House

WINNER: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Writer and Director Remi Weekes scored a well-earned award for his debut with the horror/thriller His House. The film follows a refugee couple as they adjust to life after fleeing South Sudan, with their new home having an evil lurking beneath the surface.

After a successful festival debut at Sundance 2020, the film was released via Netflix where it is available to stream right now.

Another Round

WINNER: Film Not in the English Language

Acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg teams up with lead actor Mads Mikkelsen once more in Another Round. The film follows a group of high school teachers who, growing tired with their profession, test a theory that maintaining a constant level of alcohol levels will improve their lives.

After several delays due to COVID restrictions, the film is currently scheduled to be released by Studiocanal in UK cinemas on 2nd July 2021.

My Octopus Teacher

WINNER: Documentary

This award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Craig Foster as he forges an unexpected bond with an octopus living on the South African coast.

The film is available to stream right now globally via Netflix.


WINNER: Animated Film & Original Score

Up & Inside Out director Pete Docter teams up with co-director Kemp Powers for Pixar’s latest heart-melting treat. The film follows a struggling New York jazz musician as he suddenly finds himself trapped between Earth and the afterlife after finally landing his dream gig.

After a cancelled cinematic release, the film is now available on Disney+ where it is included within the base subscription price at no extra charge.

The Father

WINNER: Adapted Screenplay & Leading Actor

Based on the acclaimed play of the same name, The Father follows an ageing man (played by Anthony Hopkins) as he and his family come to terms with his progressing memory loss.

Following a successful festival debut, the film is currently scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on 11th June 2021 by Lionsgate.


WINNER: Supporting Actress

Lee Isaac Chung’s heartwarming film Minari follows a Korean-American family in search of the American dream as they develop their own farm in Arkansas.

The film launched via Premium Video-on-Demand in the UK last month, and is currently available to rent from popular streaming platforms for around £9.99. 

Judas and the Black Messiah

WINNER: Supporting Actor

Starring acclaimed actors Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons, Judas and the Black Messiah follows an FBI informant who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party in order to gain information about their leader.

The film launched via Premium Video-on-Demand in the UK last month, and is currently available to rent from popular streaming platforms for around £15, with prices varying by platform.


WINNER: Casting & EE Rising Star (Bukky Bakray)

Sarah Gavron’s delightful independent British treat Rocks follows a teenage girl as she tries to care for herself and her younger brother after the abrupt departure of her mother. Surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, EE Rising Star award winner Bukky Bakray delivers a deeply moving performance as the titular lead character – it’s no surprise this film won the Casting award!

Following a successful festival premiere, Rocks is now available to stream on Netflix.

Sound of Metal

WINNER: Editing & Sound

After a decade-long journey of finally bringing the film to life, director Darius Marder teams up with Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal. This high-impact film follows a talented drummer as he comes to terms with his loss of hearing.

Despite receiving a theatrical release in the US, the film has gone straight to streaming in the UK where it has launched for Amazon Prime Video subscribers.


WINNER: Production Design

Six year’s after Gone Girl, director David Fincher returns with Mank. Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins, the film follows the titular screenwriter as he completes the screenplay for Citizen Kane in 1930s Hollywood.

Mank is available to stream right now on Netflix globally.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

WINNER: Costume Design & Make Up and Hair

Featuring the late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in his final film role, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom follows a blues singer (played by Viola Davis) and her trumpeter as music executives try to exploit them both during a 1920s recording session.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is available to stream right now on Netflix globally.


WINNER: Special Visual Effects

Dunkirk and Inception director Christopher Nolan returns with another mind-bending and high-octane thriller, following a secret agent tasked with preventing World War III.

The film released in cinemas after the first lockdown last year, and is now available to rent or buy on video-on-demand platforms or on physical media.

The Present

WINNER: British Short Film

Farah Nabulsi’s The Present took home the award for British Short Film after a successful festival run. Set in Palestine, this short follows Yusuf and his daughter as they search for a gift for his wife, this seemingly simple task is made more difficult by soldiers, checkpoints and more.

The Present is available to stream right now on Netflix globally.

The Owl and the Pussycat

WINNER: British Short Animation

This enchanting animation works as an illustration of Edward Lear’s poem of the same name, with the story being told through stunning waximated illustration.

The Owl and the Pussycat is currently available to watch via BAFTA’s YouTube channel here.

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