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Jazz drama 'Ma Rainy' wins two prizes at BAFTAs opening night

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a jazz drama set in 1920s Chicago, won two awards at the opening of the BAFTAs on Saturday, but the race for the main prizes remains open with a list of contenders that shines a spotlight on diversity.اضافة اعلان

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony is being held virtually over two nights as the COVID-19 pandemic prevents the usual celebrity-packed show with a live audience.

Saturday’s opening mainly focused on the crafts side of filmmaking and handed out nine awards. “Ma Rainey”, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, won for costume design and makeup and hair. Hollywood throwback “Mank” won for production design.

Other prizes went to coming-of-age story “Rocks,” thriller “Tenet,” and “Sound of Metal”, about a drummer going deaf. Actor Noel Clarke received the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award.

The main prizes will be announced on Sunday, when director Ang Lee will receive the BAFTA Fellowship. American recession drama “Nomadland” and “Rocks” had led the nominations with seven nods each.